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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 12:22: pm
Back around 40-50 years ago, rectal temps. were commonplace on pediatric wards, from what I've been told. It didn't matter if you were a child, teen, or young adult..that was the protocol. I knew a woman in college who was admitted to the pediatric ward at 19, and had her temp. taken rectally. To me, that would be the ultimate in humiliation, and totally unecessary. If they tried to do those things today, you can just imagine that the lawyers and courts would have a field day.
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