Certain conditions or situations contraindicate taking an oral temperature. Place
an "X" in the blank in front of each condition which indicates that an oral
temperature should not be taken.
a. ____ The patient is 19 years old.
b. ____ The patient is unconscious.
____ The patient can breath through his nose.
d. ____ The patient is mentally confused.
e. ____ The nurse tells you that the patient's temperature is to be taken rectally.
____ The patient finished smoking a cigarette about ten minutes ago.
g. ____ Your orders do not state how the patient's temperature is to be taken.
h. ____ The patient has a cardiac (heart) condition.
You have just placed an oral glass thermometer under the patient's tongue and
the patient is securing the thermometer's position with his lips. How long should
you wait before reading the thermometer?
a. At least 30 seconds.
b. At least 1 minute.
At least 3 minutes.
d. At least 5 minutes.
e. At least 10 minutes.
At least 30 minutes.