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Stop the Spread

Improve temperature check accuracy with measurement system analysis

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
August 2021
Issue:
Volume 54 Issue 8
Pages:
pp. 32-40
Author(s):
Mullenix, Paul
Organization(s):
Entegris Inc., Billerica, MA

Abstract

Many facilities have implemented forehead temperature screening to detect possible COVID-19 fever symptoms. But if biases and measurement errors are not considered, high false negative rates of more than 90% can result. Implementing principles from a measurement system analysis can improve temperature screening dramatically and potentially limit infection. The author offers three steps for using a measurement study to improve temperature screening error rates.

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