Accession Number : AD0260802

Title :   REACTIVE ERROR IN THE MEASUREMENT OF RECTAL TEMPERATURE IN THE COLD

Corporate Author : ARCTIC AEROMEDICAL LAB FORT WAINWRIGHT ALASKA

Personal Author(s) : EAGAN,C.J.

Report Date : MAR 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The reliability of rectal temperatures measured in the cold, using clinical mercury thermometers at various temperatures prior to insertion, has been assessed. It has been shown that the reactive error in measurement may be as great as 1.0 C; the more usual value is approximately 0.3 C. A new term, interactive error, has been defined, as a means of convenient reference to error caused by a general change in the condition of an animal at the time of measurement. The implications of these two types of error to physiological measurements in general has been discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *BODY TEMPERATURE, *POTENTIAL THEORY, *THERMOMETERS, CLIMATE, EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY), HEAT PRODUCTION (BIOLOGY), MERCURY, THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE