MedSense infrared thermometers – these work well

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Name: MedSense infrared thermometers
Price (RRP): $139/149
Manufacturer: Andatech

You would expect any infrared thermometer to work! But let me tell you there are a lot of Chop Suey cheapies that don’t. Andatech MedSense infrared thermometers work very well and are TGA approved.

TGA is the Australian Register of Therapeutic goods (ARTGA), and so far, nearly all the thermometers we have been ‘begged’ to review are not.

ARTGA means that the MedSense Infrared Thermometers gives clinical-grade accuracy as a Class IIa digital or infrared thermometer.

Medsense Infrared thermometers – COVID contactless temperature detection

The normal human temperature range is from 36.5-37° – anything outside that upper range is a fever indicator. If it is up around 39-40°+, they probably should be in a hospital.

The problem is that 36.5-37° is a precise range, and you need accurate devices that are not affected by the environment as well.

We tested a range of devices against the MedSense Infrared thermometers at our local cafes and found three things

  • Some cheap ones only had a green-or-red LED for in-range and out-of-range.
  • Some took as long as 10 seconds to get a result and were not good as recovery times were long
  • Without fail, they delivered different results from the two MedSense devices. The MedSense devices gave the same results as an under-tongue reading with a hospital-grade thermometer.
  • And none had an ARTGA ID on them

You can search the ARTGA register here by brand name, model or ARTGA number. In the case of MedSense, the brand is Andatech that also distribute breathalysers and other health items. Importantly the approval has no special conditions placed on MedSense use – anyone can use it.

So as John Law’s used to say, “Oils ain’t oils’ or in this case, thermometers ain’t always accurate.

The Law on contactless COVID temperature testing

As it is contactless and non-invasive, the easiest thing to do is display a sign saying that entry is contingent on contactless temperature testing.

A person can lawfully refuse but then cannot legally enter the premises. And under the Privacy Act, you cannot record that person’s temperature or tell a doctor/emergency medicine provider.

The WHO states that if a person’s temperature is 37.3° or more, you must tell them they should self- isolate and be COVID Tested. If they refuse to leave you can call the police. Let’s protect our shops, cafes and more!

 That also means that the café, workplace etc. must be adequately COVID cleaned.

.3° is an extremely narrow margin for error. ATRGA accuracy is critical.

We tested two MedSense infrared thermometers

  • MedSense Infrared Non-contact Forehead DT060 website here RRP $169 on special for $149 (limited time) plus freight
  • MedSense Infrared Forehead and Ear TFE02 website here  RRP$159 on special for $139 (limited time) plus freight

DT060 – for medical professionals

It is a little ‘clinical’, comes with a plastic carry case and essentially only measures forehead temperature from a distance to 2-3cm.

It uses a CR2032 lithium battery good for 5000 tests. At 131.5x26x22.5mmx39g it is small and pocketable. It has a three-digit mono LCD readout, Fahrenheit or Celsius and a 10-place memory.

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