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Types of Thermometers: Non-Contact vs Ear Thermometer

Non-Contact Thermometer

A non-contact thermometer is simple to use and offers a hygienic way of measuring temperature.


  • Press the button to activate the thermometer.
  • Hold the thermometer close to the forehead without touching the skin.
  • Wait for a few seconds for the display to show the temperature.


  • Colour-coded display for easy temperature interpretation.
  • Hygienic and easy to clean.
  • Always use gloves for testing.

Ear Thermometer

The ear thermometer provides accurate temperature readings with proper usage of disposable covers.


  • Remove the cap from the thermometer.
  • Attach a disposable cover to the probe.
  • Insert the thermometer gently into the ear.
  • Press the button to display the temperature.


  • Always use disposable covers to prevent infection.
  • Dispose of covers in clinical waste after each use.
  • Wear gloves during temperature measurements.

Recording and Follow-Up

After taking the temperature, record the results and consider retesting if necessary to ensure accuracy.


Retest after some time for a more accurate assessment, especially if there are concerns about the initial reading.