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.