Know the type of thermometer that often used in the medical

Based on its function, a thermometer is used to measure temperature. There are various types of thermometers on the market, depending on their function and usage. The shape is also different and adapted to the individual needs. In order not to widen the discussion too much, this article will only review thermometers that are often used in the medical field. From the simplest thermometer to the most sophisticated type. Here are the types of thermometers that are often used in the medical related:

Mercury thermometer

As the name implies, this thermometer serves to measure the temperature of a human body. Measuring media used using mercury or commonly called mercury. Mercury  thermometer has a high level of accuracy. The disadvantage of this thermometer is the long reading time. Because of the long reading time, this mercury type thermometer is not suitable for measuring the body temperature of babies and children. The consideration is that children tend to be active and keep moving so that the process of taking body temperature data is relatively more difficult. The mercury body temperature thermometer is very vulnerable to fall because it is made of glass so it is prone to rupture.



Digital  thermometer

This digital  thermometer is made from flexible plastic material with a sensor tip at the end. This thermometer has a small seven segment LCD screen as a display of the measured temperature information. The time span needed for this thermometer to show the final result of measurement is 60 seconds. Just like a mercury thermometer, this digital thermometer must be in direct contact with the object to be measured.





Ear Thermometer

This digital thermometer for ears uses infra red technology to determine the temperature of the object being measured. This ear thermometer also features a seven segment LCD screen for reading measurement results. The time span needed for this thermometer to show the final measurement results only takes 1 second. Before using this thermometer, the lens filter is installed on the probe for safety cover. This lens filter also serves to prevent the transmission / transmission of bacteria from one person to another.



Non-contact Forehead Thermometer

Forehead thermometer uses infrared technology to measure the temperature of the object being measured. The difference with the ear thermometer is, this forehead thermometer does not use a cover  to wrap the probe. To make a measurement, take a distance of about 10 cm then aim at the forehead and press the measuring button. Direct measurement results can be obtained in just 1 second. This thermometer is called non contact because there is no direct contact with the patient measured by body temperature.


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