Why are doctors telling patients NOT to use digital thermometers?
You probably already know about the shift away from mercury thermometers, which can poison people if they break or the mercury inside seeps out.
For years, digital thermometers were considered a safer alternative. A digital thermometer uses an internal thermistor, a type of electronic circuit that measures temperature differences, to relay the temperatures. Even if it breaks, it can’t poison its user.
So why are doctors saying to avoid digital thermometers?
They have a number of flaws, namely…
They’re Easy To Break
Ever dropped your digital thermometer on a hard surface, like tile or hardwood?
Even if there was no visible damage, the experts say you’re better off throwing it away.
That’s because the component that measures your temperature, the thermistor, is incredibly fragile and poorly protected. A little jolt can ruin its accuracy for good. But you won’t be lucky enough to be faced with a dead screen in that case – your thermometer will keep giving you a temperature, but you’ll have no way of knowing if it’s correct. This can be a serious problem, especially when a few degrees can be the difference between a mild fever you wait out at home and something worth going to the hospital over.
But even if your thermometer is in perfect shape, it might not be giving you good results. Why?
Digital Thermometers Vary Hugely In Quality
Even trusted brands are at the mercy of pressures to deliver the cheapest product possible. And they do so – often at the cost of quality.
A digital thermometer can be accurate, if it’s made with a quality thermistor, other quality parts, a well-designed battery, and thick protective housing.
If it doesn’t have all that? It’s just a misleading piece of junk. And the problem is, it can be impossible to tell a well-designed digital thermometer from one whose makers cut corners from the outside. It’s not like the thermistor’s manufacturer is listed on the thermometer’s box.
On top of that, you have no way of knowing how good the battery is when you get a thermometer. When a digital thermometer’s battery run’s out, that’s it. Forget misleading or inaccurate results – the display isn’t turning on.
But, most importantly, the TOP REASON doctors are warning people away from digital thermometers…
This reason has been getting a lot more attention because of COVID-19, but it’s always been true. Using any kind of contact thermometer always carries a risk of passing infection between people.
With digital thermometers, it’s even worse, because so many people are hesitant to clean them. Because they’re so fragile, most people don’t want to thoroughly clean them with rubbing alcohol and then warm soapy water as the common guideline goes – it’s too easy to short them out and make them totally useless.
On top of that, there’s the accuracy issue. A lot of doctors say digital thermometers are only really accurate if you use them rectally. Do you really want to disinfect one after that?
So What’s The Solution?
No-Contact Infrared Thermometers
These are the new standard. They’re no-contact and therefore the most hygienic option, durable, and accurate. They’re also compact, lightweight, and easy to use.
Our PeakLife360 No-Contact Thermometer was designed with the highest-quality parts to ensure it would be just as accurate on the 1000th use as it is on the 1st. It’s designed to use common household batteries so you can swap them out at any time and keep using it. And it ships from within the United States within one business day of your order, so you can get peace of mind as quickly as possible. Best of all, PeakLife360 products come with the Happiness Guarantee, so if you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll make things right.
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