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Tiptherm

Discussion in 'Diabetic Foot & Wound Management' started by Cameron, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


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    According to Viswanathan et al (2002) the Tiptherm is a reliable instrument for skin temperature testing . Has anyone got experience of using them ? Is there a supplier in Australia?

    Viswanathan V, Snehalatha C, Seena R and Ramachandran A 2002
    Early recognition of diabetic neuropathy: evaluation of a simple outpatient procedure using thermal perception Postgraduate Medical Journal 78:541-542

    http://pmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/78/923/541


    Help appreciated

    Cameron
     
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  3. joannec

    joannec Member

    Hi Cameron
    A fairly simple and reliable instrument as long as room temperature is below I think 23C (will check this temperature). The metallic tip is cooler than the plastic tip, you apply both and the Pt tells you which is the cooler.

    Baileys Instruments supply in South Africa.

    Regards.
    Joanne Crawford
     
  4. Hi Cameron,

    The tiptherm has not yet been approved by the TGA in Australia. It is currently being evaluated and will then be marketed by a local Albury company. the same company that is marketing the neuropad.

    I have not come across any research validating the tip therm. based on the instructions it is only recommended for use at certain ambient temperatures (23 degrees C). I am hoping to conduct a pilot study in normals later in the year.

    I have been playing with it for about a year. My n=1 trial show I cannot detect the temperature difference consistently. however this may reflect pathology rather than instrument limitation. other members of our team and our students do better.
    regards

    harri
     
  5. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your replies. Mucha appreciated

    Cheers
    Cameron
     

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