Saturday, 9 November 2013

Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear Themometer

With Liam being at school now mixing with lots of other children it was only going to be a matter of time before he brings coughs, colds and sickness bugs home, We all know as parents that children playing and mixing in groups is a mass breeding ground for those horrible germs that us as parents come to dread at this time of year!

One of the best bits of equipment I would recommend any person or parent to have in the home is a thermometer, now being a nurse I have come across a lots of different types of thermometers, their are, Digital thermometers, Digital thermometer's can be used to take someones temperature from either their armpit or their mouth. However, for children under five, take their temperature from their armpit, because they may bite the thermometer, Strip-type thermometers, which you hold on your child’s forehead, are not an accurate way of taking their temperature. They show the temperature of the skin, not the body and Ear thermometers, Ear thermometers are quick and easy to use, but they are expensive. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to find out how to place the thermometer in the ear and how long the reading will take.The reading may not be accurate if the thermometer is not correctly placed in the ear.

By far I have found the best thermometer out of all the ones I have tried and tested is the ear thermometer, Of course It has to be used in the correct way to get an accurate result this Is easy as long as the manufacturer instructions are followed.

I was recently asked If I would like to review the Braun Thermoscan 5 ear thermometer.


The Thermometer is really quick easy and simple to use, gives you an accurate reading in seconds using a unique pre-warmed tip. I mentioned about positioning earlier, well Braun have obviously done their research, realising that incorrect positioning can lead to inaccurate results and have created a warning within this thermometer so If you haven’t displayed the probe correctly inside the ear, you will hear some warning beeps and POS will show on the display.

The ThermoScan 5 is designed to measure the heat that is generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue, the eardrum shares blood supply with the temperature control centre in the brain.
The ThermoScan 5 has a new innovative technology, called ExacTemp. Which is why this makes the thermometer different from other thermometers on sale. ExacTemp means it has a pre-warmed tip. This improves the accuracy of the reading and what is more because it has a soft, flexible speculum and tip it ensure the thermometer is gentle and comfortable on a child’s ear. The ear accurately reflects the body’s core temperature making it ideal for measuring a child’s temperature.
Basically you insert the pre-warmed tip, you press the I/O button on the front of the Braun ThermoScan 5, wait for the ready signal and beep, fit the probe snugly into the ear canal, then push the start button. If the probe has been positioned correctly you will hear a long beep and the temperature will be displayed.



It is so easy to use it makes the process of monitoring a temperature much easier for both parent and child. If you have a child that doesn't like things in their ears or they are sleeping you can still take their temperature with ease and without disturbing them. It has a memory function that stores the last eight temperature readings. A fantastic idea if  you forget numbers or are in a hurry/panic. This means you can track your child's temperature accurately and if needed you can read them back to a doctor - can be very handy in emergency situations. 

The Braun ThermoScan 5 will automatically turn off after 60 seconds of non-use.When you’ve finished you can store the thermometer away neatly in the protective cover.

The ThermoScan 5 is safe to use on the whole family even newborns, the thermometer can be easily cleaned and switched between users because it uses disposable lens filter, The thermometer comes with 20 lens filters to start you off - these need to be changed after every reading as they are single use only for hygiene reasons, you can buy more separately It costs £7.99 for a box of 40 lens. It’s RRP is around £43.90 and is available from Boots, Mothercare, John Lewis and Mamas & Papas.

It really isn't the cheapest thermometer on the shelf, However in terms of accuracy it is very accurate, I would be quite happy, and recommend paying that bit extra for that peace of mind, When some one is Ill in the home accurate equipment like this is very important.

For more information on Braun products and in particular their ThermoScan 5 you can visit there website HERE

This Product was sent to me for the purpose of this review all opinions expressed remain honest and my own.   

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