Webinar | Infrared Temperature Screening to Reduce Infection Transmission by Visitors and Staff during Outbreaks: What Does the Evidence Support?

During infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, some health care facilities use temperature screening programs to check each incoming person at entry points and deny entry of those identified as having elevated temperatures. A common method includes use of external infrared (IR) temperature screening devices, with or without questionnaires.

This webinar recording focuses on the evidence pertaining to External Infrared (IR) Temperature Screening Devices used with or without a questionnaire and the overall effectiveness of using this strategy to identify persons who may be infected with COVID-19.

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  • David Snyder, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, ECRI
  • Diane Robertson, Director, ECRI
  • Jesse Munn, Associate Director, ECRI (Moderator)

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Infrared Temperature Screening to Identify Potentially Infected Staff or Visitors Presenting to Healthcare Facilities during Infectious Disease Outbreaks: ECRI’s evidence review indicates Infrared Temperature screening is ineffective for detecting infected persons. Using this approach to reduce infection risk from visitors and staff could provide a false sense of safety.

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