Nursing, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Reporting and documenting changes in the client's temperature



1: Report and document changes in the client's temperature if it moves above or below the oral (or tympanic) range of 97.6 to 99.6, the rectal range of 98.6 to 100.6F, or axillary (armpit) range of 96.6 - 99.0.

2: The easiest way to calculate the different normal ranges is to add one full point to an axillary temperature, deduct one point from a rectal reading, and leave the oral or tympanic reading as is.

3: For example, if the axillary reading is 98.6, the client's actual temperature is 99.6, which can be a low-grade fever.