Friday, November 27, 2015

Q: What is the most recommended way to measure core body temperature during therapeutic hypothermia (TH)?

Answer: Esophageal temperature measurement

  • bladder temperature depends on urine output
  • rectal measurement lags behind
  • axillary and tympanic measurements are out of body and misleading
esophageal temperature measurement is considered the most accurate method to follow core temperature during whole process of therapeutic hypothermia (TH).


 Erickson RS, Kirklin SK. Comparison of ear-based, bladder, oral, and axillary methods for core temperature measurement. Crit Care Med 1993; 21:1528.

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