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How do Infrared Thermometers Work?

How do Infrared Thermometers Work?

To people who haven’t seen them before, infrared thermometers might look like something straight out of an episode of Dr Who. It’s no wonder some people are hesitant about the safety of using an IR thermometer. But infrared thermometers are far more hygienic than oral, axillary and rectal thermometers, and tend to be more accurate too, provided you use a CE Certified unit.

We’ll go through how infrared thermometers work in this article.

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Common Infrared Thermometer Uses

Common Infrared Thermometer Uses

The infrared thermometer has all but replaced the probe and strip thermometers as a significantly more hygienic, accurate, and adaptable alternative. Sometimes called a laser thermometer or contactless thermometer, an infrared (IR) thermometer scans sections of an object with a laser to determine its ambient temperature.

The fact that infrared thermometers do not require any physical contact makes them handy for busy doctors and nurses. There is no need to sterilise between uses or use disposable probe covers. The usability of contactless thermometers is also helpful when trying to take temperature readings in hard to reach areas. So, many engineers and catering professionals use laser thermometers to measure the temperature of equipment and produce.

So, what is an infrared thermometer used for in different industries? In this article, we’ll cover the most common uses for infrared thermometers.

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Are Infrared Thermometers Safe?

Are Infrared Thermometers Safe?

Following the surge in contactless thermometer use, some people have taken to social media to state their belief that infrared thermometers can be harmful to the people they are pointed at. One video post on Facebook depicts a conversation between a mother and dental receptionist where the mother raises concerns about what the laser thermometer will do to her children, in particular, the pineal glands in their brains.

In fact, there’s nothing dangerous about using an infrared (IR) thermometer at all, as debunked by Full Fact. We’ll explain why infrared thermometers aren’t dangerous in this article.

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What is Hand Sanitiser? Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hand Sanitiser? Frequently Asked Questions

Hand sanitiser has been a part of daily life for almost everyone over the last two years. A convenient alternative when a sink isn’t nearby, hand sanitiser has helped everyone do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 by keeping their hands clean.

But sanitising hand gel has been around for much longer than the Covid-19 pandemic and has been a useful tool in cutting through the cycle of infection of other diseases like flu and common colds. Get a thorough understanding of what exactly hand sanitiser is in this article.

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Hand Sanitiser: FAQs on Safety and Uses

Hand Sanitiser: FAQs on Safety and Uses

Hand sanitiser is classed as a biocide by The Health and Safety Executive. According to The HSE, “Biocidal products are used to protect people and animals, preserve goods, stop pests like insects or rodents and control viruses, bacteria and fungi through a chemical or biological action.”

While biocides are highly regulated to make sure they are safe for use, there are still risks associated with misuse, so it’s important to know what you should and shouldn’t do with hand sanitiser.

Find answers to questions about hand sanitiser safety and what it can and can’t be used for here.

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How to Choose the Right Veterinary Wound Dressings

How to Choose the Right Veterinary Wound Dressings

Proper dressing and bandaging of wounds on animals help to control infection and speed up the healing process. Bandages should be applied with even pressure and coverage and should fit snuggly to the animal’s body, firm enough to stay in place while the animal moves around, but not so tight as to cause discomfort or limit essential blood supply to the area.

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The 3 Aims of First Aid in Animals and The Law

The 3 Aims of First Aid in Animals and The Law

Pet first aid can be carried out by anyone when there is an emergency. If you are a pet owner and your pet is in a critical condition you might be able to keep things under control until you can get the animal to a vet, significantly increasing the animal’s chances of recovery and survival. 

But there are some things that only a vet is qualified to do, and some things that are against the law unless you are a licensed vet. In this article, we’ll go through the three aims and four rules of animal first aid, and what can and cannot be done to help an animal if you are untrained or unlicensed.

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How to Use an AED: Steps to Follow at the Critical Moment

How to Use an AED: Steps to Follow at the Critical Moment

When someone goes into cardiac arrest every second counts. You only have around 10 minutes to bring someone back using a defibrillator and CPR. An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) can be used by anyone and comes with clear instructions to follow. You should also be given support by a 999 call handler when you call emergency services.

That said, knowing what to do beforehand and being prepared is invaluable. If you run a business, manage a team, or simply if you want to know what to do if the situation occurs, read on to find out the steps for how to use AED defibrillators.

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When to Use a Defibrillator

When to Use a Defibrillator

Cardiac arrest can happen at any time and, with an onset of a matter of seconds, a fast response is crucial. Over the past few years, more and more defibrillators have been installed in public places like phone boxes, public bathrooms, shopping centres, schools, and community buildings to give people a greater chance of survival when cardiac arrest strikes.

In this blog post, we’ll answer the question ‘when do you use a defibrillator’?

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