Product: Exergen TAT-5000

December 1, 2008
Andrew J Schuman, MD, FAAP

Dr Schuman, section editor for Peds v2.0, is clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and editorial advisory board member of Contemporary Pediatrics.

Exergen TAT-5000 thermometer features a new antimicrobial head.

New this year is an antimicrobial head that is now integrated on all TAT-5000 units. The head is impregnated with silver ions that are slowly released over time. The silver ions have potent antimicrobial activity, and are effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. Studies have even shown that silver ions are effective again methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureaus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. Best of all, silver ion use has not been associated with drug resistance.