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Decoding Mercury vs Digital Thermometers

by Jatin Sharma Writer

Progress in science means every service, every product is improved upon. With the right research and resources, science can achieve the unachievable.

A similar evolution of an already existing product is the digital thermometer. Nowadays, both digital and clinical thermometers are available in the market. The debate about mercury and digital thermometers has been long and ancient—with no conclusive result. But there are some factors which we can analyze to draw a comparison between the two

Accuracy

When talking about accuracy, digital thermometers are more accurate than mercury ones. The readings are given clearly to the tenth digits, eliminating the chances of being be misread.

Durability

Though both the types of thermometers are susceptible to breaking, they have different concerns. The clinical thermometers are delicate in the sense that they can break when they hit a surface or fall. Digital thermometers on the other hand can have other malfunctions and complications that are more related to the battery charge or the circuit design that could be disrupted on impact.

Calibration

Whether the thermometer is digital or clinical, the adjustment of the thermometer is essential when it comes to reading the correct body temperature reading. The best digital thermometer should read 0 degree Celsius or 32-degree Fahrenheit when plunged in cold water. However, not all mercury thermometers can measure temperatures that low.

Lifetime

The duration of survival for the digital thermometers is more than mercury thermometers. It is always advisable to dispose of your old glass mercury thermometers because of the risks of poison of the mercury inside it. It is a good idea to stick to the regular digital rectal, axillary, or oral thermometers to avoid such risks.

Price

The digital thermometer price is higher than mercury thermometer, although efforts are on to improve its price efficiency. Though both of them are widely available in the market, availability of mercury thermometers is declining; they are quickly being replaced by digital ones.

Usage

The usage of both the types of thermometers also defines their advantages to different people. For example, many people find it hard to navigate their way around a digital thermometer, often not following the guidelines needed for an accurate measurement. However, if one is travelling, it is always better to carry a digital thermometer as it is more durable and doesn’t break as easily as the clinical one.

So, the only thing most important for both the types is to make sure that the reading is taken accurately and is tested well before using it to ensure the best results. 


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