Vivalink announces general availability of Fever Scout thermometer for children

Tired of using a regular thermometer? Vivalink is now offering a new way to monitor your kids temperature. The device has received clearance from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and is now available for purchase.

Only available in hospitals to measure the temperatures of patients without touching them, smart thermometers have now been brought to our homes. Unlike traditional methods, this is a much more sanitary way to take anyone’s temperature.

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Dubbed as Fever Scout, the soft, wearable thermometer uses aSkin technology to continuously measure temperature and wirelessly send that information to a smartphone or tablet.

“Driving meaningful innovation to help improve people’s health and wellbeing is a part of our DNA at VivaLnk. We developed Fever Scout to help take the guesswork out of monitoring and keeping track of a patient’s fever,” said Jiang Li, co-founder and chief executive officer at VivaLnk.

“Starting today, consumers can now own a wearable thermometer that is an accurate medical grade device, child-friendly and does its job while the patient is sleeping.”

To use the device, simply pair it with your smartphone and stick the pink and blue flexible patch to the skin using the medical-grade adhesive. The mobile app will immediately begin to track the wearer’s temperature. You can also set a temperature alert in the app to be kept informed of any temperature spikes. The app will send alerts even when your phone is in sleep mode.

Fever Scout can be worn for up to a whole week before needing to be recharged. You do need to change adhesives every 24 hours or so.

“It’s no secret in the medical community that the trouble with consumer wearables is that they are not medical grade devices, and have lacked the accuracy and consistency required for patient care,” said Dr. Vernon Smith, Mayo Clinic-trained emergency physician from Avera Medical Group.

“The introduction of Fever Scout signals a future where we can one day accurately use wearables to remotely monitor at-risk patients, like the elderly, by tracking baseline temperatures and anticipating when trouble might arise.”

Because fever is usually the first sign of infection, Fever Scout’s use is applicable to more than just babies and children. Vivalink says anyone can use it, from post-operative patients to seniors receiving in-home care.

The thermometer comes with a carrying case (which also doubles up as a device charger and Bluetooth amplifier), and a bunch of disposable adhesives. It is available for purchase now on Amazon.

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For 99% of people who buy this thermometer, it will be a waste. As a practicing physician for 16 years, I can tell you that there are very few instances in which a person’s temperature needs to be monitored 24 hours a day. The rare instances are directly post-op if there is risk of infection, or for an immunosuppressed patient if there is fear they’ve been exposed.

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