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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit lukewarm..., 2 April 2009
This review is from: Vicks V-977F-EME Fever Insight Forehead Thermometer (Personal Care)
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Am I little dim perhaps? It took me a fair few attempts to get going with this, after ploughing through several pages of instructions in teeny tiny print, and I'm still not totally au fait with the thing. After every reading I'm getting a flashing L, which apparently means the room is too cold, although what that's got to do with the price of eggs I'm not quite sure. And my on/off button turns the thing on just fine... but doesn't seem to turn it off. Sigh. On the positive side, you just swipe it across your patient's forehead and you're good to go. There's also a useful memory feature which stores your last 12 readings - great for those bleary nights when you're up 15 times sponging them down and can hardly remember your own name...

But I've always been told that forehead thermometers aren't quite the real McCoy? Do correct me if I'm wrong, but shoving the old-fashioned kind in your mouth (or, god forbid, where the sun don't shine) is always going to giver truer results than just measuring the skin temperature? Most kids are fine with a cheap-as-chips bulb thermometer popped under an armpit (if you don't mind getting RSI shaking the mercury down) - but for parents of very young - or wriggly - children I can see how this would be a godsend. Worth a try if you don't balk at the rather steep price.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2012 20:21:11 BDT
Mrs VS says:
skin surface thermometors are not accurate, but i suspect this uses infra red to measure the temporal artery, like the temporal ones used in hospital. if the skin is wet (with sweat for example) readings will not be accurate.
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