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2-23. WHEN SHOULD I TAKE AN AXILLARY TEMPERATURE?

You will take a patient's axillary temperature if the physician or nurse orders the patient's temperature to be taken in that manner. You will also take the axillary temperature when both an oral temperature and a rectal temperature are contraindicated. An axillary temperature is less accurate than either a rectal temperature or an oral temperature; therefore, you must use extra care when taking an axillary temperature to ensure as accurate a measurement as possible.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015