Kleinriehenstrasse, Basel, Switzerland
St. Claraspital in Basel, Switzerland is improving accuracy and patient comfort through non-contact thermometers.
The adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the St. Claraspital in Basel has eight intensive care beds (with ventilators) and four intermediate care beds.
There are 36 full-time positions with approx. 50 employees in total, including nursing assistants, nursing specialists, Intensive Medical Care (IMC) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Ward Managers and Doctors.
Previously, St. Claraspital were using eight tympanic thermometers (with plastic consumables) within their ICU ward.
It was found that ear thermometers gave questionable values, and they sought to look for alternatives, with a view to switching.
St. Claraspital determined that any new thermometer must meet the following key criteria:
– Disturb the patient as little as possible
– Enhance patient comfort
– Reduce the use of plastic consumables
– Offer zero contact when taking temperatures – Provide ease of maintenance
– Provide ease of use
– Reduce overall contact with the patient
Trials were carried out on approximately ten patients with temperature measured twice in succession using the TRITEMP™.
The results were compared with the tympanic thermometer. In addition, measurements were compared with an invasive urinary catheter temperature probe.
The TRITEMP™ proved more accurate than the tympanic thermometer.
Additionally (whilst values were not recorded in detail) results showed only a very small deviation from the invasive temperature measurement method.