An Infrared thermometer is used to take someone’s temperature without touching them. An Infrared thermometer are as accurate as contact thermometers and are low cost. Training is easier and the thermometers are easier to use and do not need as much work to set them correctly. Temperature measurement is just one tool used to find out patient body temperature as fever is a sign that the body is fighting a disease. Normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) and fever is a measured body temperature above normal. Causes of fever can be various as infection, other medical conditions, severe trauma or injury, and some medicines. Usually, temperature is measured using contact thermometers on many places on the body such as mouth, ear, forehead, arm pit, and rectum. Devices such as Infrared thermometers measure temperature on the forehead. Infrared Thermometer are held between 1.2 and 6 inches (3-15 cm) from the body, also most measure temperature by placing a probe over the middle of an individual’s forehead. Temperature over other body surfaces may also be measured depending on the manufacturer’s specifications, including the neck, navel, and armpit. Since Infrared Thermometer do not touch anybody surfaces, the risk of cross-infection is low and probe covers do not need to be disinfected or thrown away, unless they come in contact with the skin. The operational advantage of Infrared Thermometer is that they are accurate, lower cost, smaller size, easier training and use, and less need for re-setting to correct readings.
Infrared Thermometers market is growing due to advancement in technology and demand for quick and safer test results. Also rise in prevalence of infectious diseases as there is chance of spreading disease from contact thermometer and also demand for the newborns as children cannot hold the contact thermometer is increasing demand of Infrared Thermometers. Awareness among people for the easy and convenient way to get faster test results is increasing the demand also physicians are preferring Infrared thermometer for chance of spreading disease and their quick decision making not like the contact mercury thermometer which need to be adjusted before every measurement. Infrared Thermometers has a tremendous demand in Americas region and pool the largest share in Infrared thermometer market also due to increase in awareness Asia-Pacific region will show tremendous growth in future with highest population countries in Asia will drive it tremendously adding to the market share. The contact less thermometers are likely to show a surge in demand in the technologically advanced countries like UK, Germany and France. The major restrain for Point of care test market is unwillingness to change traditional treatment practice and comparative higher cost than contact thermometer.
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