Precautions while using Laboratory Thermometers
Precautions while using a clinical thermometer
While putting the clinical thermometer in the mouth do not press it with your teeth. Hold it simply with the help of your lips. A slight pressure by teeth may result in the breaking of the thermometer bulb and release the mercury in the bulb. Mercury is poisonous. In case of children, the thermometer should not be put in their mouth. It should be kept under armpit. Half a degree is added to the reading in the thermometer. This gives the body temperature of the patient (child), The thermometer should be kept vertical. The eyes should be exactly in line with the mercury level.