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Time for a change to assess and evaluate body temperature in clinical practice
FoU-enheten, Höglandssjukhuset, Eksjö, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, General Practice. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in West Östergötland, Research & Development Unit in Local Health Care.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Nursing Practice, ISSN 1322-7114, E-ISSN 1440-172X, Vol. 15, no 4, 241-249 p.Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The definition of normal body temperature as 37°C still is considered the norm worldwide, but in practice there is a widespread confusion of the evaluation of body temperature, especially in elderly individuals. In this paper, we discuss the relevance of normal body temperature as 37°C and consequences in clinical practice. Our conclusion is that body temperature should be evaluated in relation to the individual variability and that the best approach is to use the same site, and an unadjusted mode without adjustments to other sites. If the baseline value is not known, it is important to notice that frail elderly individuals are at risk of a low body temperature. In addition, what should be regarded as fever is closely related to what is considered as normal body temperature. That is, as normal body temperature shows individual variations, it is reasonable that the same should hold true for the febrile range.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Vol. 15, no 4, 241-249 p.
Keyword [en]
assessment, evidence-based, fever, normal body temperature, nursing
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20024DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01756.xISI: 000269057500003PubMedID: 19703039OAI: diva2:232593
Available from: 2009-08-24 Created: 2009-08-24 Last updated: 2014-01-10Bibliographically approved

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