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Instant Thermometer
IRT 1020
Type 6005
Home Model

Use Instructions
Service Centres
Important The Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer When not in use, place the storage cover
safeguards is a sophisticated electronic instrument that over the thermometer with a lens filter
has been carefully engineered for both attached to protect it from damage and dirt.
accuracy and safety. The shape of the
thermometer prevents it from being inserted Store unit and lens filters in a dry location
far enough into the ear canal to damage the free from dust and contamination where the
eardrum. However, basic safety precautions temperature remains fairly constant and
should always be observed, especially when within the range of 16C to 40C (61F to
using the thermometer on or near children. 104F).

Store lens filters away from direct sunlight

and fluorescent lighting.

Do not drop, mishandle, or expose to

Please read all To use this instrument safely: temperature or humidity extremes
instructions [outside the range of 20C to 50C (4F
carefully before This product is designed to measure human to 122F), 15 - 95 % RH non-condensing.]
using this product body temperature by detecting heat from Do not use if the thermometer malfunctions
the eardrum and surrounding tissue. Do or has been damaged in any manner.
not use the instrument for any other
purpose. Do not use any other type of There are no user-serviceable or
thermometer in the ear. replaceable parts exept the 9 volt battery
and lens filters. Refer to page 74 for service
Close supervision is necessary when using information.
this thermometer on, near or by children or
disabled persons. This product is intended for household
use only. Use of this thermometer is not
Keep lens filters out of reach of children. intended as a substitute for consultation
with your physician.

To ensure long life and accurate operation of For best results, use a 9 volt alkaline battery.
this precision instrument:
Do not dispose of empty batteries in
This thermometer must only be used with household waste. Take them to special
genuine Braun ThermoScan Lens Filters. local collection sites.
(LF 40).

Do not use this thermometer without a new

lens filter attached. After each use, discard
it and replace with a new one. (See Care
and Cleaning, page 17).

If the thermometer is ever accidentally used

without a lens filter attached, clean the lens.
(See Care and Cleaning, page 17).

Never submerge the Braun ThermoScan

Instant Thermometer in water or any other

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Thank you for Unlike other thermometers that must be held IRT 1020 product specifications
purchasing the in place for several minutes, the Braun
Braun ThermoScan ThermoScan Instant Thermometer takes a Product type: 6005
Instant Thermometer temperature in just one second. It takes a
picture of the infrared heat given off by the Technical Characteristics:
ear drum and surrounding tissue, calculates, Patient temperature range 34 - 42.2C (93,2-108F)
and displays an ear temperature on the digital Surrounding room temperature
readout. for operational range 116 - 40C (61-104F)
Display resolution 0.1C or F
But way take a temperature at the ear? Temperature scales (user selectable) C or F
Because the eardrum is close to and shares Operating relative humidity (max) 80 %
blood vessels with the hypothalamus, the Long term storage ranges
temperature control centre of the brain. Temperature 20 to 50 C ( 4 to 122F)
Therefore, temperatures taken from the ear Humidity (max) 95 % noncondensing
reflect the bodys core, or internal
temperature. (Tis is the temperature of the Display Mode: Ear ( )
heart, brain and internal blood supply.) The
ear is also a protected cavity, so, unlike oral Power source: One 9 volt alkaline battery
temperatures, the accuracy of ear (6 LR 61, MN 1604 9 V, alkaline)
temperatures in unaffected by eating,
drinking, smoking and breathing through the Weight (without batteries): 188 g (6.6 oz)
mouth. The ear is a dry cavity so cross-
contamination through mucous membrane Accuracy characteristics:*
contact, a problem with oral and rectal sites, Applicable patient ages All ages
cannot occur. Also, the risk of bowel
perforation, a concern when taking rectal Laboratory error (max)
temperatures on infants or children, is
eliminated. Patient temperature range Error C Error F
37.0C to 39.0C (8.0F to 102.0F) 0.1 0.2
The Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer 35.8C to <37.0C (96.4F to <98.0F) 0.2 0.3
has been clinically proven to be safe and >39.0C to 41.0C (>102.0F to 106.0F)
accurate. To ensure the best results, please <35.8C or >41.0C (<96.4F or >106.0F) 0.3 0.5
take the time to read this manual completely
and keep it handy for future reference. * Meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Accuracy
Standards E1112-86 over normal operating range.

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Components and Product includes the following components: To remove the thermometer from the storage Preparing the Braun
features Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer cover, slide it forward in the cover (Figure 2a, ThermoScan Instant
Lens Filters (20, plus one on thermometer) arrow 1), then lift up (Figure 2a, arrow 2). Thermometer for use
Storage Cover (See Figure 5)
Use Instructions Open the battery door by pressing in at the
Labels arrow and sliding the door down toward the
base of the instrument (Figure 2b)
Not included, but required: .
One 9 volt alkaline battery
(6 LR 61, MN 1604 9V, alkaline).

Figure 2

The thermometer is shipped with the Celsius/

Fahrenheit switch set to Celsius. If you wish to
have temperatures displayed in Fahrenheit
(F), slide the switch as shown (Figure 3a).

The Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer

uses a 9 volt battery. To install it, snap the
positive and negative terminals of the battery
onto the appropriate receptacles on the
connector (Figure 3b). Place the battery inside
the compartment and slide the battery door
back into place.

Note: Minimum battery life is one year or

1 Activation Button 300 temperatures when an alkaline battery
2 Lens is used.
3 Lens Filter
4 LCD Liquid Crystal Display
5 On-button
6 Battery Door
7 Attach new lens filter

Figure 3

Figure 1

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Lens filters are located inside the thermometer The Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer How ear
storage cover. Remove the box from the cover displays ear temperature readings, which temperatures
and open the box of lens filters by completely frequently cannot be compared directly to compare to
removing top of box (Figure 4a). You may temperatures taken at the same time at temperatures
return the box to the cover for convenient another site. This is because the temperature taken at more
storage (Figure 4b). measured at the ear with the Braun traditional sites
ThermoScan Thermometer more closely
The thermometer is shipped with a lens filter in reflects any rapid changes occurring with the
place. To install a new lens filter, remove the internal (core) body temperature.
one in place, then take a new one from the box
and holding it by its edges, slide it onto the Temperatures taken in the ear canal tend to
lens until it is snug and snaps in place. reflect changes in internal body temperature
Figure 4 sooner than oral, rectal or axillary (armpit)
because the eardrum shares blood supply
with the temperature control center in the
brain. Oral temperatures are influenced by
eating, drinking, smoking, rapid breathing,
Caution: Do not touch the tip of the lens or thermometer placement or the inability of the
lens filter when installing. person to close their mouth completely.
Axillary temperatures have not been found to
With a new lens filter in place, attach the be accurate indicators of core temperatures
storage cover to the thermometer to protect except in newborns.
the lens from damage and dirt. Place the lens
end of the thermometer into the storage cover Temperature changes are also seen sooner
first matching the indent in front of the when measured in the ear canal. Studies
activation button with the corresponding tab show that rectal temperatures lag behind
inside the cover (Figure 5a), then snap the internal (core) body temperatures, especially
opposite ends together (Figure 5b). To during periods of rapid warming and cooling,
remove the unit from the storage cover, as when you have a fever. This is due to the
reverse this procedure. poor blood supply in this area, insulating
effects of stool, and the presence of heat
Note: Always use and store the thermo- producing microorganisms located there.
meter with a new lens filter attached.

Apply label to storage cover as indicated

(Figure 5c).

Figure 5

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Body temperature Normal body temperature is a range, not a 1. Remove the thermometer from its storage How to use the
measurement single point, as temperature varies from cover. If stored properly, a new lens filter will Braun ThermoScan
person to person. A persons temperature can already be in place. (See procedure on Instant Thermometer
rise with excessive clothing, hot weather or page 7.) Do not use thermometer without
accelerated activity (such as crying or lens filter attached.
exercise). In order to observe these naturally
occurring variations and determine the normal 2. Depress the on-button that is located
temperature range for each member of your directly below the LCD (liquid crystal
family, practice taking temperatures on display) to turn the power on. (See Figure 1)
yourself and healthy family members at All segments on the LCD-display (Figure
different times of the day to determine their 6) will be shown for two seconds to
baseline temperature. The normal range for indicate a fully functional display.
ear temperatures taken with the Braun The display will indicate (not ready)
ThermoScan Instant Thermometer is from while the unit is completing self test, then,
35.8C (96.4F) to 38.0C (100.4F) for all within two seconds (ready) indicating Ready
ages. that the thermometer is ready to take a Not ready
temperature (Figure 7). If no temperature Ear
Normal body temperature also varies with is taken within two minutes, the ther- Change battery
age. We have the highest temperatures when mometer will automatically shut off.
we are younger. About our eleventh year, Error
body temperature begins to decrease 3. Stabilise the head. In infants, this is best
gradually. The elderly population has the achieved by laying them flat with the head Figure 6
lowest body temperatures. For your reference, rotated so the ear is up.
the following chart shows normal ear
temperature ranges by ages groups for the 4. Perform an ear tug and position the
Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer: thermometer. In order to take an accurate
temperature, the thermometer must be
Normal Ear Temperature Range by Age positioned correctly in the ear. In addition,
Years of Age Celsius Fahrenheit an ear canal straightening technique must
be used to straighten the natural bend of the
0-2 36.4C - 38.0C 97.5F - 100.4F canal and ensure that the thermometer has
3 - 10 36.1C - 37.8C 97.0F - 100.0F a clear view of the eardrum.
11 - 65 35.9C - 37.6C 96.6F - 99.7F If you are right handed, hold the Figure 7
thermometer in the right hand and take
>65 35.8C - 37.5C 96.4F - 99.5F the temperature in the right ear. If you are
left handed, hold it in the left hand and
When consulting your physician about fever, use the left ear. This will help ensure
remember to communicate that this is an ear proper placement.
temperature, referrring to the appropriate ear Perform an ear tug by using your free
temperature range in the chart above. Also, hand to grasp the outer edge of the top
note the individuals baseline temperature as half of the ear and follow the steps in the
an additional reference point. chart below. To take your own temper-
ature, an ear tug is best achieved by
wrapping your free hand around the back
of your head and grasping your ear from
Continue pulling the ear until you are
finished taking the temperature.

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Ear tug and Children unter 1 year No more than three readings should be
positioning Ear Tug Gently but firmly pull ear straight taken consecutively in the same ear since
technique back (Figure 8a). repeatedly inserting the thermometer into
Positioning Approach the ear from behind the ear canal can lower the reading.
the child. Place the lens at the opening of
the ear canal. Using a slight back and forth 6. When the unit is removed from the ear, the
rocking motion, gently insert the ther- temperature will be shown on the display
mometer, pointing the lens toward the (Figure 9) until another temperature is taken
opposite eye. Gently insert the lens as far or the unit powers down. The thermometer
as possible until the ear canal is fully sealed is ready to take a new temperature when
off (Figure 8c). (ready) appears on the screen along with
the last temperature reading (Figure 10). To
Children 1 Year to Adult help ensure accuracy, you must change the
Ear Tug Gently but firmly pull ear up and lens filter after each reading. Inspect the
Figure 9
back (Figure 8b). lens whenever you replace a lens filter. Two
Positioning Approach the ear from behind minutes after the final temperature reading,
the person. Place the lens at the opening of the thermometer will automatically turn itself
the ear canal. Using a slight back and forth of to conserve battery power.
rocking motion, gently insert the ther-
mometer, pointing the lens slightly in front of 7. Before storing the thermometer in its
the opposite eye. Insert the thermometer as storage cover, change the lens filter (see
far as possible until the ear canal is fully page 17 Care and Cleaning) and check to
sealed off (Figure 8c). make sure the filter is intact with no visible
scratches or holes. If a lens filter is
5. After the thermometer is correctly damaged, dispose of it and replace it with a
positioned, press the Activation button new one. Additional lens filters (LF 40) are
with the index finger and hold fully available at most stores carrying Braun
depressed for one second. ThermoScan Instant Thermometers, or
contact Braun for a store near you. Figure 10
NOTE: In the following situations, it is
recommended that you take three
temperatures in the same ear. If they
Figure 8
differ, use the highest reading.
(1) Infants in the first 90 days of life.
(2) Children under trhee years of age
who have a condition such as a
compromised immune system and for
whom the presence or absence of fever
is critical.
(3) When you are first learning to use the
ear thermometer until you are com-
fortable with the technique and are
obtaining consistent readings.

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Temperature It is important to use an ear tug, point the Troubleshooting
taking hints thermometer lens toward the eardrum and The Braun ThermoScan Instant Thermometer has been designed to
gently insert far enough into the ear canal to provide feedback to ensure proper usage and accurate temperature taking.
obtain an accurate reading. In many cases this means that instead of displaying a temperature that is
not meaningful, a message will be displayed that will help you take
When taking a temperature on another corrective action. These messages are outlined below:
person, it may be more difficult to
consistently position the thermometer in LCD-Display Situation Solution
their ear. If the person whose temperature
is to be taken is old enough, ask for Err 1 Appears after on-button is Move the thermometer to a
assistance in the positioning process. pushed if the temperature of room within the 16C to
the Braun ThermoScan is 40C (61F to 104F)
It is not uncommon for a persons not within its operating operating range for 30
temperature in the right ear to be slightly range. 16C to 40C (61F to minutes and retake
different than in the left ear. When 104F). temperature.
monitoring temperature during illness, use Err 2 appears after pushing the Be sure a lens filter is
the same ear to maintain a constant frame activation button if attached and the
of reference. temperature measurement thermometer is properly
is not within typical human inserted, fully sealing off
If a person has been sleeping on one ear for temperature range of 34C- the ear canal. Take the
an extended period of time, the temperature 42,2C (93,2F to 108F). temperature again.
of that ear may measure higher than
normal. Wait a few minutes before taking a Err 3 Appears after the activation Take the temperature
temperature to allow the ear to stabilise. button is pushed if it is not again by slowly depressing
held down for a full second. the activation button and
The best temperature measurements are holding it down for one full
taken when the ear is free of obstruction. If second.
you suspect an obstruction or excessive Err 4 Appears after activation Allow the thermometer to
earwax build up, contact your physician. button is pushed if the remain for 30 minutes in
internal temperature of the the room where the tem-
The normal range for ear temperatures thermometer is changing to perature is being taken.
taken with a Braun ThermoScan Instant rapidly.
Thermometer is 35.8C to 38C (96.4F to
100.4F). Err 000 The Braun ThermoScan Wait 2 minutes until the
performs a self diagnostic thermometer switches
To protect the instrument lens, always keep test on is circuitry after each itself off automatically
a lens filter attached. If the thermometer is initial activation and when a (blanc LCD-display). Push
accidentally used without a filter, gently new battery is intalled. If any on-button and take
clean the lens and surrounding area (see faults are detected, Err 000 temperature again. If Err
instructions on page 17). It is also a good will be displayed. 000 is repeated, contact
idea to inspect the lens whenever you Braun.
replace a lens filter.

The thermometer is designed to take

accurate temperatures with a lens filter
in place. Temperatures taken without a
lens filter attached will not be accurate
and can damage the lens. Change the
lens filter after each use.

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Lens Tip Care and cleaning
LCD-Display Situation Solution The lens tip is the most delicate part of the
The activation button was Wait until the display thermometer. It is covered with a soft, thin
pushed sooner than 8 shows (ready) before membrane which forms a surface that is
seconds after the previous taking another transparent to heat waves. To ensure
activation. The countdown in temperature. accuracy, it is very important to keep the
seconds will also appear lens clean and intact, and to always keep a
until another temperature clean, new lens filter attached. Fingerprints,
can be taken. ear wax, dust and other soiling compounds
reduce ransparency of the lens, resulting in
The battery power is getting Install a fresh battery. lower temperature readings. Remember:
Flashing low. There is enough always store the thermometer in its cover
remaining power for about when not in use.
10 days or 10 temperatures. Inspect the lens whenever you replace a
The battery is so low that no Install a fresh battery. lens filter. To clean the lens, very gently
Figure 11
Constant more temperatures can be wipe the surface with a cotton swab or soft
taken. cloth moistened with alcohol or mild soap
and warm water (Figure 11). After cleaning,
Blank Display 1. The Braun ThermoScan Depress on-button . allow at least 45 minutes drying time before
has switched itself off reattaching a lens filter and taking tem-
automatically. peratures. If the lens is damaged, contact
2. The battery is dead, Remove an reinstall
improperly connected, battery. If the LCD-display Lens Filters
or missing remains blank, replace it Replace lens filter after each use. Make
with a fresh battery. If sure that the new lens filter is not damaged.
display is still blank, Keep lens filters out of direct sunlight and
contact Braun. ultraviolet light for extended periods of time.
Store lens filters away from dust and
If temperatures appear to be reading low, ensure proper technique is contamination.
being used (see page 11 to 12). Make sure the lens is clean and a new
lens filter is attached. Thermometer
Use a soft, dry, clean cloth to clean the
If temperatures appear to be reading high, be sure a new lens filter is instrument display and exterior. Do not use
attached. Inspect the lens; if it is damaged, the thermometer must be abrasive cleaners of submerge in water or
serviced. other liquids.
This instrument contains precision
To assure accuracy and sanitary practice, Braun recommends components and should not be subjected to
replacing the lens filter after each use. Should you run out of lens filters extremes in temperature, humidity, direct
and need to take a temperature, you may use the following lens filter sunlight, shock or dust.
cleaning procedure: Clean the lens filter without removing it from the Store unit in a location where the
thermometer with a soft cloth or cotton swab moistened with alcohol or temperature remains fairly constant and
mild soap and water. Do not use hot or boiling water. Dry completely with within the range of 16C to 40C (61F to
a soft cloth before reusing. Replace lens filter as soon as possible with 104F). To ensure that the Braun
a new one (LF 40). ThermoScan Thermometer is always ready
to take a temperature (and avoid Err 4),
store it in the room where it is most
frequently used.

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Calibration The thermometer is initially calibrated at the This product is guaranteed for 1 year from Guarantee
time of manufacture. If this thermometer is date of purchase against material and/or
used in accordance with the Use Instructions, workmanship defects. These will be
periodic recalibration os not required. If at any eliminated either by repairing or exchanging
time you question the accuracy of the appliance as we may choose. All other
measurement, please contact Braun. claims, including for damages, are excluded.
Service under the guarantee does not affect
Lot number The date of manufacture can b determined by its expiry date.
identification referring to the instrument LOT number. This Claims only valid in countries where product
number can be found by opening the battery is offcially sold and if accompanied by a
compartment and removing the battery. The stamped and dated guarantee card.
number is preceded by the word LOT and is Claims arising out of the sales contract with
in the following format: XXOOOXX or the vendor are not affected by this guarantee.
XOOOXXX, where X designates alpha
characters and O designates numbers. The For UK only:
first of the three numbers is the last digit of the This guarantee in no way affects your rights
year of manufacture. The next two numbers under statutory law.
designate the week of the calendar year that it
was manufactured.

For example: LOT X542XXX. this

thermometer was manufactured during the
42nd week of 1995.

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