WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new survey of nurse managers and staff nurses reveals that more than half of nurses deem accuracy proven through more clinical studies as the highest consideration when deciding what thermometer to use in their work setting. This finding mirrors research indicating that consumers also consider more clinical studies supporting accuracy as the top criterion when making a thermometer purchase.
According to more than 50 peer-reviewed published clinical studies, the Exergen TemporalScanner is proven to be at least as accurate as other thermometry methods commonly used in hospitals. The survey revealed that temporal artery thermometry has extremely high awareness among nurses, with the vast majority (86 percent) indicating they are aware of temporal artery thermometers. Nearly half of all nurses (44.6 percent) use a TemporalScanner at work or home.
According to nurses surveyed, 37 percent said the second biggest influence in their thermometry choice was physician recommendation. Nurses ranked "used in more hospitals than any other thermometer" third (34 percent) in terms of influence.
"With proven accuracy and physicians' recommendation being nurses' main influencers, the TemporalScanner becomes their logical choice. Its accuracy is proven across a wide range of clinical settings and it is the number one recommended thermometer by pediatricians," said Dr. Francesco Pompei, CEO of Exergen Corporation. "We've made significant inroads with the TemporalScanner since we introduced it more than ten years ago, and know that its accuracy, convenience and reliability all contribute to its wide and ever increasing preference."
The survey was conducted through AllNurses.com, a website devoted to topics of interest to nurses. According to a recent Gallup Survey, the public continues to rate nurses as the most trusted profession, based on their honesty and ethical standards.
Exergen markets two models of the TemporalScanner thermometer: a professional version for doctors' offices and hospitals, and a consumer model sold in major retailers including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us, Kroger and BJ's. More than one billion temperatures are taken each year with the TemporalScanner. It is used in thousands of hospitals, clinics, and pediatricians' offices in the country, as well as in millions of homes. For the third year in a row it is the number one selling retail thermometer. The published studies supporting the Exergen thermometer accuracy cover all ages from preterm infants to geriatrics and all care areas from hospitals to homes. For additional information, visit www.exergen.com.