What is temperature?

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Temperature is a measure of how well your body can make and get rid of heat. The body is very good at keeping its temperature within a safe range, even when temperatures outside the body change a lot. When you are too hot, the blood vessels in your skin widen to allow extra heat to get out. 

How is it measured?

A thermometer is used to measure temperature. It is inserted into the patient’s ear and held in place until you hear the beep.

What is normal?

96.0-99.0 Fahrenheit is considered normal. 

What if the temperature is low?

Retake the temperature again with a new insert and ensure it was hold in place in the ear until the beep. 

If the patient is shivering, shaking, confused, has blue lips or nails notify the RN right away.

What is the temperature is high?

This could be a sign of a fever from an infection. This may be asymptomatic, but even when no health concerns are presented by the patient, a high temp still requires follow-up from an RN.

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