1. What are two general reasons for taking a patient's temperature?
2. A person's temperature is considered to be within the "normal" temperature range if his body temperature is between __________ ºF and __________ºF.
3. The average body temperature (measured orally) is___________ .
4. The part of the brain that controls the body's heat regulating mechanisms is called the .
5. Which type of thermometer will measure a patient's temperature faster?
6. What is the temperature reading of the Fahrenheit thermometer shown below? ___________
7. What is the temperature reading of the Celsius thermometer shown below? ___________
8. A glass thermometer is "shaken down" using quick motion of the:
9. Shake down a glass Fahrenheit thermometer until temperature reading is below ___________.
10. If you are going to use a model of an electric thermometer that you have not used before, you should:
11. List the three areas of the body that are normally used to measure the patient's body temperature?
12. The bulb of a glass thermometer is long and slender. This thermometer is used to take:
13. Oral thermometers are color-coded___________ while rectal thermometers are color-coded_____________ .
14. A rectal temperature reading will be about_____________ than an oral temperature reading for the same patient.
15. An axillary temperature reading will be about___________ than an oral temperature reading for the same patient.
16. Certain conditions or situations contraindicate taking an oral temperature. Place an "X" in the blank in front of each condition which indicates that an oral temperature should not be taken.
17. You have just placed an oral glass thermometer under the patient's tongue and the patient is securing the thermometer's position with his lips. How long should you wait before reading the thermometer?
18. Place an "X" in the blank in front of each condition which contraindicates taking a rectal temperature (that is, indicates that a rectal temperature should not be taken).
19. When taking the rectal temperature of an adult, the thermometer should be inserted to a depth between ___________ and ___________ inches and held in place for ___________ minutes.
20. When taking the rectal temperature of an infant, the thermometer should be inserted to a depth of ___________ and ___________ inches and held in place for___________ minutes.
21. Record the rectal temperature shown below in the following Fahrenheit thermometer. ___________
22. Before inserting the probe of the electric thermometer into the patient's rectum, the probe cover should be:
23. Before inserting the probe of the electric thermometer into the patient's rectum, you should have the patient:
24. When taking a patient's axillary temperature, you should leave the thermometer in place for at least __________ minutes.
25. The thermometers must soak in the disinfecting solution for a minimum of __________ minutes.
1. To Determine the Cause of the Patient's Condition. To Determine the Effectiveness of Treatment.
2. 96.8º F; 100.4º F
3. 98.6º F (or 37º C)
6. 96.2 º F
7. 37.7 º C
9. 94ºF or 34.4º C
Rectum (or anus)
13. Oral: blue; rectal: red
16. X b. X d. X e. X f.
18. X b. X c. X e.
19. Between 1 and 2 inches; for 2 minutes.
20. Between 1/2 and 3/4 inches; for 2 minutes.
21. 101.4 or 1014