Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Exergen TemporalScanner - Review and Giveaway

One evening a month ago we awoke in the middle of the night to our daughter screaming and crying. Typically that signals a bad dream. Not that time though. She was hot to the touch and holding the side of her head. Through the sobs, we heard her say, "My ear hurts really, really bad." We tried to take her temperature with the ear thermometer, but there was no way we were getting near the ear. We calmed her down, gave her some pain medicine, and eventually got her back to sleep. The next morning we sought medical help. It was the weekend so instead of visiting our doctor we unfortunately had to make a trip to immediate care (a.k.a. emergency room in our rural area).

Prior to this emergency room visit I signed up for the Exergen TemporalScanner review campaign. Little did I know that I'd get to see the product in action before it was shipped to our home. In the emergency room triage area, the nurse took my daughter's temperature with this very thermometer. Intrigued, I asked her what she thought of the temporal scanner. She replied that at first she was skeptical about the claimed accuracy of the new device. The emergency room conducted their own week long test, comparing results of the TemporalScanner with their standard procedure of taking temperatures. Amazed, they discovered that the thermometer worked as promised and was just as accurate if not more accurate than taking temperatures orally. The temporal artery thermometer is now their method of choice for recording temperatures. If the Exergen TemporalScanner is good enough for the emergency room, it is good enough for us!

The Exergen TemporalScanner is an infrared thermometer that measures the blood temperature in the temporal artery, a main artery in the forehead. Here's the amazing part -- the sensor accurately measures body temperature to within +0.2ºF! That is a whole lot more accurate than taking the temperature using other means: oral, rectal, under the arm or ear. It is also way less invasive. And, according to the press release it is the only thermometer manufactured in the U.S.

The thermometer is super easy to use, only taking 2-3 seconds. All you need to do is:
1). Put the thermometer probe on the forehead.
2). Push the scan button & gently scan across the forehead,
3). Release the button and read the temp.

(Just make sure to take off the protective cap before taking the temperature, otherwise the thermometer will not read correctly.)
This is a dream thermometer for parents with small children. No discomfort is felt at all during the scan and it just takes seconds. Even my squirmy one-year-old sits still to get his temperature taken! We've used our several times and love it.

You can find the thermometer at most major retailers. It sells for around $40-$50, but believe me, it is worth every penny. Currently, a $5 off promotion is underway. Click here to download a TAT-2000C Educational Pamphlet and rebate coupon [pdf].

Win one! Exergen Corporation has kindly offered to give one Brimful Curiosities reader an Exergen TemporalScanner.

To enter, visit Exergen.com and leave a comment letting me know why you think you need this thermometer.
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• Contest ends on Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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Thanks to Family Review Network and Exergen Corporation for this review opportunity!

109 comments:

Janel said...

I don't think my current digital thermometer is very accurate and this would be so much easier to deal with when the kids are sick. Trying to get to an armpit (our preferred area) isn't always easy when they're all bundled up! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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jen@odbt said...

I bought this same scanner on the recommendation of my friend who is an ER nurse and the other ER nurses we saw during my son's visit 2 weeks ago. The ear is not an accurate read. I've been happy with it so far. They also sell it at Costco for about $30-40.

Alice H said...

I just have my first baby and so of course I'm paranoid and take his temperature LOTS! I got an ear thermometer but would love this - the FAQ section of their website says the Harvard Medical School did a study that says the TemporalScanner is more accurate. Thanks for the chance! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Alice H said...

I'm a google reader subscriber - thanks! alicedemske at hotmail.com

sphinx63 said...

I need this because my daughter hates our oral thermometer. I can't blame her, who wants to put that in your mouth when you feel nauseous? Thanks!

Leslie said...

I am a Pediatric/Neonatal Nurse and I LOVE the Exergen TemporalScanner! EVERY HOME should have one. Shame on me for NOT having one YET! They are The most accurate thermometer around and take the guess work out of temp. taking. NO more under the tongue or worse yet.. in tiny baby bottoms! (shudder for inexperienced Moms)

This is super fast and super easy!!
I just Believe in this product!
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Tanya said...

The current (store brand) thermometer we have for our girls is not reliable. It goes all over the place in temperature variation. We have to take their temperature several times and average them out to get a feel for what is accurate. ENOUGH, I say. Time for an Exergen TemporalScanner! When I visited the Exergen Corp site and saw the mom taking the baby's temperature while he slept, I was wowed! Thanks for the Giveaway opportunity! :)

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Like the other moms, our thermometer is only accurate part of the time. And with 3 kiddos who pass everything around (to us too!) we are frequently in need of a thermometer... A good reliable one would be nice!
I love that this thermometer is used by hospitals! Sells me even more on it!
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valerie2350 said...

i think this would be much more accurate than my current - feel the forehead with mom's magic hand method.....

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Beth said...

I would love to have this! I am so tired of never getting an accurate reading. This is so non evasive, accurate and easy! Great giveaway.

April said...

I think I need this because I think it would be a lot more accurate than the thermometer I have now.
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AngelFabs said...

Having a three year old is the only reason i would ever need for winning this great thermometer!
Thanks!
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Anita said...

All of our thermometers take FOREVER to get a temp reading, which isn't fun with a 1 1/2 year old~this one sounds like it would be great to have around.

Tj and Amy said...

I would love this. my current thermometer is one u put in the ear and it is not accurate at all. I would love a reliable thermometer for my daughter. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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YZgirl4 said...

I really could use this on my daughter who hates our ear thermometer. This would be so much easier and accurate
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Misty said...

wow, this is awsome! i could use this, our under the tounge thermometer isnt so accurate and is old. i hope to win this one.
mommy2skie@yahoo.com

Selinda said...

My son never stays still enough to have a true reading! I would love to have this!

Thanks!

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Cindy B. of Montana said...

I'd like to win this to give to my daughter-in-law to use with the kids!

Danetta said...

I need one of these because I currently use an oral thermometer and this TemporalScanner would be much more accurate and easier to use.

talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Danetta said...

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Chloe said...

I would love to have this because it is faster and more accurate then the thermometer I currently use.

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Gloria said...

I would love to win this because I have a few friends who are pregnant, and I think this would be a great baby shower gift. It's something that is useful - and something that no one else will probably give as a gift too.

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Celeste said...

Well, I'm a PreK teacher, and this would be the PERFECT thermometer to have in my classroom. I need a quick, sanitary way to check my students' temperaure when I suspect they have a fever. Currently, I use an ear thermometer - but I wonder about how sanitary that is even though I do spray it w/ Lysol. This seems like the answer! Super easy to use and it would irritate the kids (they probably won't even realize I'm checking their temp!) What an awesome product!

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Sarah @ Mom Balance said...

I'm in Wisconsin, too - and this winter's been the worst for fevers at our house! (Maybe all the up and down, rain or snow, who knows sort of weather??

I'd love to be able to take an accurate temp without waking my sleeping kiddos. Thanks!

mombalance at gmail dot com

Dawn said...

i would lonve to win this because I can't keep her still long enough to take her temp with my ear thermometer. This would make things so much easier.

Katherine said...

I need this thermometer because it consistently takes accurate temps. I find that "normal" thermometers do not.

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The Dreamer said...

my son just got sick for the first time and i realized what a worrier I am (first child!) and how often I feel the need to take his temp at the slightest warmth of the forehead - this would be so awesome and less invasive for him

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Sara and Alex said...

This thermometer is used in hospitals, that is enough of a recommendation for me!

Aura said...

since it measures the temperature from the middle of the heart it's as accurate as rectal which my kids hate

Cindy said...

My pediatrician's office uses this as well and it's the only thermometer they recommend. With a newborn and a preschool that refuses to use a traditional thermometer I'd love to win this. Great giveaway!

Granny Deb said...

OH I LOVE these themometers! I wish I had them when my kids were little. SO hard to get a temp when they are past the infant stage- when it was "easy" to use a rectal one. SO dangerous, it was- trying to use the old glass ones. And forget about it on a toddler, fussy and sick. I want one of these- I have two new grandbabies coming! what a lovely gift. Jacklver@yahoo.com

Staci said...

We could definitely use this because my son squirms so much when we try to take his temp (with an oral thermometer). It's such a struggle that I doubt it's ever accurate.
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searcher said...

I loaned my digital oral thermometer to a friend and did not get it back. I am using an old glass oral one now! This would be great!

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Amy said...

This would make taking temps so much easier. I really like that the Exergen TemporalScanner gives accurate temp readings while being non-invasive.

Shannon said...

I currently take my son's temp rectally and as he gets older and doesn't cooperate as much this would be very nice to use!
I don't think the under the arm method cuts it.

Shannon said...

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Creative Mom said...

I have 4 kids and someone is always sick in the winter. This would help me take their temperatures easily.
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Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

We are getting the nursery prepared as we wait to welcome our miracle through adoption. I have been researching this thermometer and would love to win it.

I love this because its non-invasive and accurate, whereas other thermometers are affected by drinking, coughing, talking, etc.

Great giveaway!

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Grandma said...

I would like to win this thermometer for a different reason. My husband has a high freguency sound loss of hearing. He is unable to hear the digital thermometers that have the beeping sound to let him know when it is working. This look like it would be great for him. Thanks for the chance.

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stampedwithgrace said...

I'm having a baby this month and haven't had a good thermometer for years, so I'd love to win this!

wigget said...

i need this because our current method is unreliable and inaccurrate

tutugirl said...

My daughter likes to wiggle so much that trying to stick a thermometer in her ear just makes us both want to cry. This method seems so much easier. I could even do it while she is asleep. Wonderful idea.

cutepea said...

I would love to have this-I really dislike using the old stick mehod

Laura
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cutepea said...

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cutepea said...

I posted on my blog (cutepea's Freebies)

Link to post: http://cutepea.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/exergen-temporalscanner-review-and-giveaway/

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EllyBean said...

I have a little one and this method seems like it would be so much easier than going in either typical end of a child.

Teresa S. said...

My son suffers from febrile seizures.He will break into a high fever and several times has had a seizure. I too witness the nurse using this on him at the hospital, the nurse and I chatted about the ease of use, but I wasn't aware it was available for home use. I am excited about this product. How much easier parents time with sick children will be.tasardina@yahoo.com

jandrmom said...

This looks like a great way to take a temperature. I cannot get my kids to sit long enough to take theirs.

babybarnplus said...

I have three small kids who hate regular thermometers. This looks so easy to use when they are sick and irritable.

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Jen said...

I have 2 kids of my own (3 years and 6months) and I have a daycare in my home during the week. This would be a fast accurate way to check the temps on anyone feeling under the weather.

Anonymous said...

I just had a baby in December and have heard alot about this type of thermometer. I have a digital and always wonder if the temp is accurate. I think the thermoscanner would be so much esier and the most accurate device to use.
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Estela said...

With two wriggly toddlers, I NEED a noninvasive and fast way to get reliable temperature readings!

camper223 said...

have teens and older children with grandchildren. My daughter in law is a first time mother and the first month of my grandsons life she took his temp daily. She carries a thermometer in her purse.
My daughter who is 17 wants to be a pediatric surgeon and says they learned in her medical skills class that they no longer use rectal or mouth for temps in most medical facilities. So with my grandsons visiting this would be so nice to have at home even my husband could actually read it correctly.
Thank you

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z. Smith said...

I take care of my 90 year old father, so I know that I need this!

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Tracysweetangl said...

This is great! Is nice to have with small children that don't like to be still.

targetmom said...

I need this as I have such a hard time getting an accurate temp on my little one as she is always on the move and doesn't want to sit still for digital thermometers.

Brea's Mommy said...

I need and want the exergen temporal scanner so that rectal temps can be a thing of the past. I know Brea will love you forever if we win!

Brea's Mommy said...

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PsychMamma said...

Our medically fragile daughter is frequently sick, and it's so nice to be able to quickly take her temp, even when she's sleeping (without waking her up!!). Our previous temporal thermometer just conked out after 3 years of frequent use, so we could really use this.

yellow said...

It's definitely more convenient than prodding the poor kid in the rear, the old fashioned way! Talk about unpleasant! It can save trips to the dr. with its accuracy, too. Thanks for the entry!

dctm said...

I need this to use on my one year old...so it will be quicker to take his temp

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Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I need this for my son who gets frequent fevers and has experienced and is prone to febrile seizures because of them.

Alan D said...

I think that I could use this b/c I have an outdated thermometer. With mercury which is bad. Thank you.

Tammy said...

I purchased one of these 7 years ago. It has been reliable and long lasting but my experience is that you need to take the temp 3 or 4 times and take the mean temp because it changes with each time. I have taken my sons temp and had it read 103, taken it again immediately and it said 100 and then again and it says 98 and then back up to 101 in the space of 2 minutes. It is a quick and easy noninvasive means of taking temp. I bought mine directly from the company when they weere brand new on the market and overall have been pleased but my ear thermometer is much more relaible.