Clinical Trial 1
"Reexamining age, race, site, and thermometer type as variables affecting temperature measurement in adults - A comparison study"
Linda S. Smith, MS, DSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Oregon Health & Science University
Klamath Falls, Oregon
The electronic version of the complete article can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6955/2/1
In June, 2003 Dr. Linda Smith published the results of an IRB sanctioned clinical trial in the peer reviewed journal, "BioMed Central". Dr. Smith compared the readings of mercury/glass thermometers to the readings obtained by Geratherm® Mercury-Free Thermometers Galinstan-in-glass for oral, rectal, axillary, and inguinal sites.
Temperature readings varied by age and race. Mercury readings correlated with Galinstan® thermometer readings at all sites. Site mean-differences between devices were considered clinically insignificant. Therefore, mercury-free, environmentally safe Geratherm® Galinstan-in-glass is an appropriate replacement for mercury/glass thermometers. This is especially important as mercury is recognized as being highly toxic and the world faces new, internationally transmitted diseases and the threat of bio-terrorism.