It is important that thermometers are compact, portable and durable, with the ability to be used multiple times. The devices are handheld and are ergonomically designed to ensure that they are comfortable for the user and do not increase the likelihood of repetitive strain injuries.
For use on patients or for use at home, infrared thermometers can often be more reliable and less invasive than other forms of this equipment. The infrared technology means that the device does not need to be inserted into the patient, and the person can be moving while the thermometer is in use.
Infrared Thermometers are ideal for use on children or for self-use, and they generally only take seconds to work. This type of thermometer can also be used externally on liquids. In either situation, infrared thermometers are simple, quick and more comfortable than other forms of the device.
Similarly, infrared technology has been introduced in thermometers, which is designed specifically to take the temperature of liquids. These devices, such as the 2 in 1 Infrared Thermometer, incorporate a stainless-steel probe that is inserted into the liquid. The temperature can be read without the probe by placing the device close to the container. The tool has an easy to read digital display and an impact-resistant case.
Also for use with liquids are waterproof thermometers, which provide accurate and quick measurements in cooking or food preparation situations. These, such as the Waterproof Corkscrew T-bar Thermometer, have a design that is perfect for use with all liquids. Measures are taken every second and are displayed on a clear digital display.
For medical professionals or individuals who require traditional thermometers, those with designs to take a temperature through the mouth, ear or anus are also available. These can be altered with additional attachments, or extras to be used in several areas. Like the other waterproof and infrared thermometers, these have digital displays and durable, compact cases.
The WelchAllyn Suretemp Plus Thermometer is an example of this type of thermometer, which provides an accurate reading no matter which area of the patient the reading is taken from.