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What should the nursing assistant insert while taking a rectal temperature? The thermometer and __________.

A Hold on to the thermometer until it can be removed

A rectal temperature is the most accurate, but needs to be done correctly. Lubricating the thermometer and gently inserting it about one or two inches into the rectum after placing the client in Sim’s position. To prevent it being pushed out or advancing into the rectum, hold the thermometer in place for two minutes. After withdrawing it, wipe it with a gauze pad, read the temperature, and place the thermometer in the “used” container.