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.
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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.
Tympanic thermometers, detect infrared energy emanating from the ear canal and tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane was initially adopted as a measurement site because its blood supply from the internal carotid artery was thought to reflect the temperature at the hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature. The thermometer probe, which is not in contact with the tympanic membrane, contains optical sensors, usually thermopiles that can detect infrared emissions. Temporal Artery thermometer measure infrared emission from the temporal artery, it is held just above the skin surface of the forehead and use a tracking light to indicate the measurement area. As this type of thermometer can be used to measure the temperature of a sleeping child, it is generally marketed for home use.
Infrared Thermometers is gaining popularity as it is helpful in controlling infection and patient safety as it is a non-contact thermometer also it help in giving accurate and fast results and don’t require presetting like the traditional mercury thermometer. It is becoming an integral part of day today measurement including home healthcare and by healthcare providers. Infrared thermometer market is well established in the developed countries with giving world largest market share, however developing countries like in Asia-Pacific have huge potential due to high population and growing awareness. Market is majorly driven by demand and awareness for quick and easy results.
Depending on geographic region, infrared thermometers market is segmented into five key regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa.
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Some of the key market players in global infrared thermometers market are Omron, Geratherm, Microlife, Paul Hartmann, Thermomedics, Welch Allyn, Medtronic(Covidien), American Diagnostic Corporation, Actherm, Briggs Healthcare to name a few.
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