How accurate is ear thermometry for diagnosing fever in children?
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How accurate is ear thermometry for diagnosing fever in children? Evidence-Based Answer: Ear thermometry tends to miss some fevers. When fever is defined as a rectal temperature ≥38°C, ear thermometry is only 64% to 68% sensitive but 95% specific for diagnosing fever in children (SOR: C, systematic reviews, observational diagnostic studies of disease-oriented outcomes).
Evidence Based Practice 17(11): E2-E3