Place an "X" in the blank in front of each condition which contraindicates taking a
rectal temperature (that is, indicates that a rectal temperature should not be
a. ____ The patient has recently undergone oral surgery.
b. ____ The patient has recently undergone rectal surgery.
____ The patient has hemorrhoids.
d. ____ The patient has just finished drinking a hot cup of coffee.
e. ____ The patient has a cardiac condition.
When taking the rectal temperature of an adult, the thermometer should be
inserted to a depth between ______ and ______ inches and held in place for
When taking the rectal temperature of an infant, the thermometer should be
inserted to a depth of ______ and ______ inches and held in place for ______
Record the rectal temperature shown below in the following blank. ___________
Before inserting the probe of the electric thermometer into the patient's rectum,
the probe cover should be:
a. Moistened with sterile water.
b. Lubricated with a jelly or oil.
Removed from the probe.
d. Wrapped in sterile gauze.