Temperature: Axillary

  1. Perform hand hygiene and apply disposable gloves.
  2. Assist patient to comfortable position; ensure easy access to measurement site. Assist patient to supine or sitting position. Expose only shoulder and arm.
  3. Prepare thermometer based on measurement site used. Attach oral thermometer probe stem (blue tip) to thermometer unit. Slide disposable plastic probe cover over probe stem until cover locks into place.
  4. Raise patient’s arm. Inspect for lesions and perspiration; if needed, dry axilla.
  5. Insert thermometer probe into center of axilla, lower arm over probe, and place arm across patient’s chest.
  6. Leave probe or speculum in place until audible signal occurs and patient’s temperature appears on digital display. Then remove probe or speculum.
  7. Push ejection button to discard plastic probe (or speculum) cover into appropriate receptacle. Return thermometer stem to recording unit; return handheld unit to base.
  8. Return patient to comfortable position.
  9. Remove and dispose of gloves in appropriate receptacle. Perform hand hygiene.
  10. Return thermometer to charger or return handheld unit to thermometer base.