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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115

An additional method for temperature monitoring in the intensive care unit

1 Vice President for Clinical and Field Operations, Attune Medical, New York, USA
2 Senior Clinical Account Manager, Attune Medical, Atlanta, USA

Date of Web Publication28-Jun-2018

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Maria A Gray
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DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_4_18

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Gray MA, Root SK. An additional method for temperature monitoring in the intensive care unit. Indian J Respir Care 2018;7:115

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While we applaud the author for a fine overview of available temperature monitoring available to health-care providers, one important less invasive and effective option now available was omitted. Zero-flux thermometry (such as 3M Spot-On) is an alternative noninvasive method to measure core temperature. A thermosensor is applied to the lateral forehead, creating an isothermal pathway whereby core temperature may be noninvasively measured continuously.[1],[2] Studies comparing this zero-flux thermometry system to rectal, bladder, esophageal, and arterial thermometry in critically ill patients have found strong agreement with these standard approaches as well as good precision of the technology.[3],[4] One study also suggests this may be an acceptable substitute when standard thermometry is contraindicated or unavailable.[3]

The authors have no relationship or conflicts with the device mentioned above, or with 3M, but are employed by a company, Attune Medical, producing devices for patient temperature management through the esophagus.

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Teunissen LP, Klewer J, de Haan A, de Koning JJ, Daanen HA. Non-invasive continuous core temperature measurement by zero heat flux. Physiol Meas 2011;32:559-70.  Back to cited text no. 1
Eshraghi Y, Nasr V, Parra-Sanchez I, Van Duren A, Botham M, Santoscoy T, et al. An evaluation of a zero-heat-flux cutaneous thermometer in cardiac surgical patients. Anesth Analg 2014;119:543-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Schell-Chaple HM, Liu KD, Matthay MA, Puntillo KA. Rectal and bladder temperatures vs. forehead core temperatures measured with SpotOn monitoring system. Am J Crit Care 2018;27:43-50.  Back to cited text no. 3
Dahyot-Fizelier C, Lamarche S, Kerforne T, Bénard T, Giraud B, Bellier R, et al. Accuracy of zero-heat-flux cutaneous temperature in intensive care adults. Crit Care Med 2017;45:e715-7.  Back to cited text no. 4


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