Fever Scout Wearable Thermometer REVIEW
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When you are sick, the last thing you want to do is monitor your own temperature. Who wants the hassle of sticking a thermometer or other temperature-taking device into their mouth (or ear) every hour or so to make sure they don’t need additional medical assistance. When I was living alone, I hated having to provide care for myself when I was ill. All I really wanted was my mom to come take care of me. She would make sure that I stayed hydrated and she would take care of monitoring my temperature. Thankfully, technology has been working together with medical devices and we now have wearable thermometers — like Fever Scout.
The nice thing about Fever Scout is that it is continuously monitoring a person’s body temperature. The wearable device is actually a very soft patch that sticks to your body just under your armpit. The patch itself is not adhesive, but it comes with double-sided adhesives that you attach to the patch and then your skin. The patch is flexible and actually very comfortable. It is rechargeable and comes with a charging dock that connects via electrode contacts. The charging dock is a small storage box that runs off of AAA batteries. You do need to charge the patch for at least two hours before its first use.
The Fever Scout patch actually communicates with your phone via Bluetooth. What’s interesting about the technology behind the patch is that you pair the patch to your phone, but the charging dock actually reports temperature data back to your phone. With that in mind, you have to keep the charger within about 4.9 feet of the patch while it’s being worn and then the charger needs to be within 131 feet of the phone it’s communicating to. To me, this was really a great feature because it means that you could be sitting in the house while your child is being monitored. If they are fighting an infection, but resting and you just want to keep close tabs on their temperature, you can just pull up the app on your phone and know if you need to give them medicine or let them rest.
Fever Scout has some great features to it like:
- Continuous Remote Monitoring — Temperature readings are reported to the app every minute while the patch is being worn.
- Alerts — The app will alert you when a temperature reading is out of the ‘normal’ range.
- Temperature Trends — The Fever Scout app provides you with a trend view that is a graphic representation of the temperature reading history.
- Notes — If the person you are monitoring is exhibiting other symptoms, it’s good to note them especially when you notice a fever spike or sudden drop. You can make these notes within the app and it will show up with the temperature reading.
- History — With the history feature, you can see exactly how your patient’s condition is improving or how it’s getting worse.
Even though Fever Scout’s website mentions that the target age range is infant to seniors, all of their marketing is geared towards children. I can completely understand how it can be beneficial for parents especially with smaller children, but I also see the applications for patients of any age that are suffering from a longer term illness. With that in mind, I decided to use myself as a test subject. So, one night before bed, I stuck the patch under my arm. It’s fairly comfortable to wear. I didn’t wake up while wearing it, but I did notice that after I got up in the morning and was moving around, the adhesive would pinch me here and there.
While the device really is remarkable, I can’t ignore the importance of the Fever Scout app. The thing I like the most about the app is its simplicity. When you first open it up, you are met with a basic screen that shows the patient’s current temperature. From here, you can add notes to that patient or look at the temperature history graph by tapping the appropriate icons on the screen. In the menu, you can change the user profile to a different patient or modify settings. The app is very intuitive and easy to use.
Getting the patch set-up is fairly easy, too. I love low maintenance technology products and Fever Scout definitely falls into that category. Because it uses Bluetooth 4.1, it doesn’t use as much power as many other Bluetooth devices. And even though the charging case is really convenient, you really only have to use it once every 7 days. The manual for the Fever Scout says that you can wear the patch continuously for 1–3 days. I think that for adult, you will probably want to replace the adhesive once a day to make sure it sticks.
Fever Scout is really a great device for any caregiver to have on hand. I can see many benefits and applications for it. Parents with sick kids, caregivers for cancer patients, women who are monitoring their body temperature for fertility reasons — there are really endless possibilities for uses.
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Originally published at macsources.com on April 24, 2017.