Implementing temperature checks, as recommended by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as screening questions, can help determine COVID-19 and other illness risks for both patients and staff. Henry Schein Medical offers a range of the latest non-contact infrared thermometers and temperature guns to provide fast, accurate, and minimally invasive temperature readings.
The following MedSource non-contact infrared thermometers are intended as clinical screening tools to measure forehead temperature of infants and adults without contacting the human body. Both devices are 510(k) cleared by the FDA.
Sunlight, fire, and hot charcoal are all examples of infrared radiation. The warmer the object, the more infrared radiation produced. Though radiant energy is invisible to human eyes, it can be felt as heat.
Molecules, as they move, emit infrared radiation. This type of electromagnetic radiation is visible at any temperature above absolute zero. The speed of the molecules increase as the temperature increases. Infrared thermometers are designed to detect and measure the resulting radiation in all objects, including human beings.
The infrared light found on the thermometers works in tandem with a lens to focus the light from the object to a thermopile which absorbs the radiation and turns it into heat. That heat is then converted to electricity which is sent to a detector to measure the target temperature. Once that temperature is registered, it displays on the screen. Though seemingly a complicated process, temperature readings from the infrared thermometer are usually displayed in a matter of seconds.
When used correctly, infrared thermometers can be relied upon for accuracy. Because of their non-invasive nature, these no-contact thermometers are frequently preferred in pediatric settings or in office environments where acquiring an internal temperature reading may prove difficult. Their ability to provide a quick heat assessment makes them especially popular for applications involving Covid testing or evaluation where their usage has become part of the standard screening practice.
Like all medical instrumentation, accuracy is highly dependent on usage. Following the manufacturer's recommended operation procedure helps to ensure accuracy is achieved. It should be noted however that fever reducing medications will impact infrared thermometer readings.