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Research Letter
May 11, 2021

Oral Temperature of Noninfected Hospitalized Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2Center for Value-Based Care Research, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 3Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
JAMA. 2021;325(18):1899-1901. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1541

Oral temperature is measured frequently in hospital care and elevated temperatures may indicate infection. Studies describe temperature of healthy ambulatory patients, but analogous data for noninfected inpatients are lacking.1-3 To inform evaluation of fever in the hospital, we describe oral temperatures in a large sample of nonsurgical inpatients without infections.