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Technical Accuracy

  • Ewa Grodzinsky
  • Märta Sund Levander
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Abstract

Temperature is a measure of the hotness or coldness of an object, where hot has a higher ‘temperature’ than cold. The measurement of temperature is a well-established field of metrology (measurement science), which broadly divides into two practical methods of implementation: contact and non-contact thermometry. Technical accuracy includes different terms. Calibration is the process of attributing a traceable temperature to the output of a thermometer by comparison to a standard source. The traceability is ensured when measurement can be demonstrably related to a common standard. Clinical thermometers can be of two main types: direct mode or adjusted mode. Other factors affecting measurement performance are, for example, time response and measurement site. There are different types of clinical thermometers available for body temperature measurement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewa Grodzinsky
    • 1
  • Märta Sund Levander
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutic ResearchLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Department of NursingLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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