1. Wipe the axilla (armpit) with soft dry wash cloth or ball of absorbent cotton to remove moisture. Do not rub.
2. Prevent contact with clothing
|1. Put bulb of thermometer on the center with other end slanting towards the body after drying it with a firm twitching motion||Chemical solution may irritate the skin. Cotton with aid of friction aids in removing the solution|
|2. Have the patient grasp the opposite shoulder with hand||To prevent it from falling|
|3. Leave it in place for 5 to 8 minutes||When the bulb rest against the superficial blood vessels, in the axilla and skin surfaces are brought together to reduce the amount of air surrounding the bulb a reliable measurement of body temperature can be obtained|
|4. Remove, read and shake the thermometer|
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