Temperature: Oral

  1. Perform hand hygiene and apply disposable gloves.
  2. Assist patient to comfortable position; ensure easy access to measurement site.
  3. Remove thermometer pack from charging unit. Attach oral thermometer probe stem (blue tip) to thermometer unit.
  4. Slide disposable plastic probe cover over thermometer probe stem.
  5. Gently place thermometer probe under tongue in posterior sublingual pocket lateral to center of lower jaw.
  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.