Tip of the Week: Checking a Temperature

There are multiple ways to check a temperature including oral, tympanic (ear) and temporal (forehead scan). Accurately taking a patient’s temperature is important as a number of illnesses can be characterized by a change in the body temperature. Our Medical Assisting students demonstrate each option in the photo gallery!
  • Make sure the patient hasn’t had anything to eat, drink or smoke for 30 minutes before checking your temperature orally to ensure the most accurate results!
  • When checking a child’s temperature with a  tympanic thermometer, make sure to pull the ear down and back before inserting the thermometer. For an adult, pull the ear up and back to ensure the most accurate reading.
Be sure to check back weekly for tips from our students. #StayHealthy
The Medical Assisting Program at Southeastern Technical Institute prepares graduates to be eligible to become Certified Medical Assistants through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) through classroom lecture, hands-on training in lab and 200 hour clinical externship. Click here to learn more about Medical Assisting and apply online for the full-time program starting September 2020 or the part-time evening program starting January 2021.