By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the Drugs. Yes, it's safe to insert your own rectal thermometer as long as you are gentle and slow. A total of 2. Goyal DG expert opinion. Seek emergency medical attention for an adult if certain symptoms are present.
Clean the tip of the rectal thermometer with soapy water or rubbing alcohol.
Emergency department rectal temperatures in over 10 years: A retrospective observational study
The mean difference in temperatures between the initial temperature and the rectal temperature was 1. Core body temperature measurement: As such, it is unclear if these rectal temperatures would have been significantly different from the triage temperature. These thermometers seem to have the most inconsistencies in how they compare to other methods. Seek emergency medical attention for a child in certain situations. We also looked specifically at the cohort of patients who were afebrile by initial temperature, but were found to be subsequently febrile by a rectal temperature.