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I write to congratulate Dr Michael Blackmore (Letters, June 14) for drawing attention to the inaccuracy of infrared ear thermometers.

My experience with them is just the same. It is interesting to know that his local hospitals abandoned their use some years ago.

I had the impression infrared ear thermometers were now the standard thermometers in hospitals, mercury-containing instruments being frowned on.

Reliance on ear thermometers may mean that an important

physical sign, namely fever, could be missed – with potentially serious consequences.

It is clear that the whole

subject of taking the temperature

is in urgent need of a rethink.

Dr Justin Robbins




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