Lesson 2-6 Taking Axillary Temperatures

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE AN AXILLARY TEMPERATURE?

You will take a patient's axillary temperature if the physician or nurse orders the patient's temperature to be taken in that manner. You will also take the axillary temperature when both an oral temperature and a rectal temperature are contraindicated. An axillary temperature is less accurate than either a rectal temperature or an oral temperature; therefore, you must use extra care when taking an axillary temperature to ensure as accurate a measurement as possible.