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Resource Review: EKG machines


 

RESOURCE REVIEW

EKG Machines

In this resource review we look at 12-lead EKG machines. While traditional models sit on a cart, some newer devices fit in the palm of your hand or in your pocket. Both types have many of the same features, including memory, ability to recharge, and easy use.

This information, alphabetical by product name, isn't a complete listing of the many products on the market. The appearance or omission of a product listed here doesn't indicate either a positive or negative endorsement. Products haven't been tested by the RN staff.

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PORTABLE

Product name/ Manufacturer Features Size (H x W x D), in inches/ Weight Suggested retail price/ Warranty
AT-1
AT-2
AT-2 plus
AT-5
AT-10
Welch Allyn
San Diego, CA
(888) 359-2394
www.welchallyn.com
All units store 12 EKGs and run on AC power or rechargeable battery that lasts from one to six hours. Modem available with AT-2 plus, AT-5, and AT-10. All have one-button operation, filters to screen out patient movement, and color-coded leads. Analysis of strips standard on AT-5 and AT-10, optional on other units. AT-2 plus, AT-5, and AT-10 have LCD display. AT-10 can be upgraded to spirometry and stress testing. AT-1: 2.7 x 11.4 x 8.3
6.5 lbs
AT-2 & AT-2 plus:
4 x 15.7 x 13
11 lbs
AT-5: 2.4 x 10.2 x 8.1
5.7 lbs
AT-10: 2.8 x 12.6 x 10.5
10 lbs
$3,200 – $6,500 +
Three-year warranty
Cardio-Card
Nasiff Associates
Brewerton, NY
(866) 627-4331
www.nasiff.com
This PC-based unit can typically store between 50,000 and 100,000 EKGs on
a computer. No batteries needed. Features a modem hook-up, e-mail, fax, patient movement filters, color-coded leads, and interpretive analysis of strips. Also provides serial comparisons and a built-in patient database.
6 x 4.5 x 0.8
12 oz
Starts at $1,495
Two-year warranty
Delta-1 Plus ECG
Delta-3 Plus ECG
Delta-60 Plus ECG
Cardioline
Santa Rosa, CA
(800) 942-0442
www.cardiolineusa.com
Units have optional memory of up to
150 EKGs. They work on AC power or
a rechargeable battery. They have an optional modem, filters that eliminate noise, one-touch operation, color-coded leads,
the ability to analyze strips, and an alphanumeric keypad.
Delta-1 Plus ECG and Delta-3 Plus ECG: 12.5 x 9.5 x 2.5
6 lbs
Delta-60 Plus ECG:
13.5 x 17 x 4.5
13 lbs
$2,000 – $3,200
Two-year warranty
ECG-9010K
ECG-9020K
Nihon Kohden America
Foothill Ranch, CA
(800) 325-0283, ext. 3374
www.nkusa.com
Units operate on AC power and rechargeable battery. Most features are activated with one or two steps. Both have filters to reduce artifact, offer color-coded leads, and provide interpretive analyses.
The 9020K model has waveform display
and memory storage (for computer transfer).
11 x 2 x 8.5
9010K: 4.5 lbs
9020K: 4.7 lbs
Starts at $2,995
Three-year warranty
ECG-9110K
ECG-9130K
Nihon Kohden America
Foothill Ranch, CA
(800) 325-0283, ext. 3374
www.nkusa.com
Units operate on AC power and rechargeable battery. Most features are activated with one or two steps. Both have filters to reduce artifact, offer color-coded leads, and provide interpretive analyses.
The 9130K model has ID entry, waveform display, and memory storage. Storage media is removable with each having capacity for greater than 1,500 records.
9.5 x 4.1 x 12.8
9110K: 10.3 lbs
9130K: 10.5 lbs
$3,995 – $9,995
Three-year warranty
Eclipse LEi II
Eclipse 850i
Spacelabs Medical
Redmond, WA
(800) 522-7025
www.spacelabs.com
LEi II features an LCD screen with intuitive menu selections, one-button operation, and full-page reports. 850i features a backlit LCD preview screen, customizable reports, fax and SCP communications option, and storage for 40 patient records. Both feature AC or battery operation; optional exercise stress interface; 3-, 4-, or 6-channel EKG printouts; and gender-specific interpretive option for adults and pediatrics. LEi II: 15.25 x 18 x 4.5
15 lbs
850i: 4.14 x 18.16 x 11.75
14.2 lbs
Contact manufacturer for price and warranty information
Eclipse Plus
Spacelabs Medical
Redmond, WA
(800) 522-7025
www.spacelabs.com
Unit stores up to 100 EKGs and is rechargeable. Has modem and fax capabilities; one-button operation; patient movement filter; color-coded leads; and standard, gender-specific interpretation option for adults and children. Also has a color display that provides optimal viewing
in all lighting conditions.
49.5 x 25.6 x 17.1
87 lbs (including cart)
Contact manufacturer for price and warranty information
ELI100
ELI200
Mortara Instrument
Milwaukee, WI
(800) 231-7437
www.mortara.com
Units store up to 40 EKGs; ELI200 has optional expanded memory. Both use AC power or rechargeable DC or gel cell battery and optional modem. Both have one-touch operation, color-coded leads, ability to analyze strips, and ability to detect if patient leads are in the wrong location. Features multiple print formats, digital thermal printer, and optional wireless technology. ELI100: 11.25 x 11.5 x 3.75
11 lbs
ELI200: 14 x 17.25 x 4.75
20 lbs
$2,100 – $3,199
One-year warranty
FX-4010
FX-3010
Fukuda Denshi
Redmond, WA
(800) 365-6668
www.fukuda.com
Optional memory card can store 60 EKGs for FX-4010 and up to 1,000 EKGs for
FX-3010. Battery runs for about one hour; FX-3010 is rechargeable for three hours. No modem or phone line capability. Both have color-coded leads and can analyze strips.
FX-4010: 15.1 x 13.5 x 4
17.6 lbs
FX-3010: 11.9 x 8.4 x 2.6
9.9 lbs
Contact manufacturer for price
Three-year warranty on parts and labor
IQmark Digital ECG
Brentwood by Midmark
Torrance, CA
(800) 624-8950
www.brentwoodmed.com
Palm-sized unit has color-coded leads and connects to a PC. Uses two AA batteries for more than 360 EKGs, and stores 55,000 EKGs per one gigabyte of disk space. Displays live 12-lead EKG on screen. Has speed, gain, and filters settings. Generates results with or without automatic interpretation. Prints EKGs with grid on plain paper. EKG can be reviewed, e-mailed, or faxed directly from PC. 2.8 x 5 x 0.88
0.66 lbs
Contact distributor for price
One-year warranty
Landscape
Mortara Instrument
Milwaukee, WI
(800) 231-7437
www.mortara.com
Unit stores up to 150 EKGs. Uses AC power or rechargeable DC or gel cell battery.
Has single-key use, color-coded leads,
and ability to analyze strips. Features alphanumeric keypad, LCD display of all
12 leads, detachable display unit, and wireless technology.
10.9 x 11.4 x 1.5
6 lbs
$7,500
One-year warranty
MAC5000
GE Medical Systems Information Technologies
Milwaukee, WI
(800) 558-5120
www.gemedical.com
Stores 75 EKGs to diskette and recharges up to four hours. Has modem/diskette and one-button operation. Screens out patient movement, has color-coded leads, and analyzes EKG strips but not rhythm strips. 3.7 x 15 x 13.8
15 lbs
$9,000 – $10,000
One-year warranty
Quinton QCG 740
Quinton
Bothell, WA
(800) 426-0337
www.quinton.com
Stores up to 20 EKGs and operates on AC power or rechargeable battery. Comes with optional modem, and filters noise and artifact. Analyzes strips and has one-touch operation, color-coded leads, and multiple print formats via digital thermal printer. Detects patient lead failure. Features alphanumeric keyboard, LCD text screen, signal quality check, and 10-second pre-recorded feature. Optional wireless technology. 14 x 17.25 x 4.75
20 lbs
$4,375
One-year warranty

 

HAND-HELD

Product name/ Manufacturer Features Size (H x W x D), in inches/ Weight Suggested retail price/ Warranty
LifeSigns Micro12 ECG
Instromedix
San Diego, CA
(800) 633-3361
www.instromedix.com
Stores one EKG with four seconds from each of 12 leads and 12 seconds of lead II. Runs on 9V battery and uses standard telephone line. Has one-button operation and software (sold separately) that contains filters to screen out patient movements. Has color-coded leads; does not analyze strips. Features LCD display for quick visual assessment of recorded EKGs. 6.6 x 3 x 1.6
1 lb
$1,495, plus software
One-year warranty
LifeSigns Micro12 ECG+
Instromedix
San Diego, CA
(800) 633-3361
www.instromedix.com
Stores up to 40 EKGs with four seconds from each of 12 leads and 12 seconds of lead II. User can increase recording time up to 20 seconds per lead, which reduces the number of recordings. Runs on 9V battery. Transmissions made through standard telephone or infrared modem. An infrared adapter is available for connection to desktop or laptop. 6.6 x 3 x 1.6
1 lb
$2,495, plus software
One-year warranty
PageWriter 10
PageWriter 10i
Philips Medical Systems
Andover, MA
(800) 934-7372
www.medical.philips.com
Unit can hold up to 30 EKGs for retrieval. Operates on AC power for more than three hours on a rechargeable battery. With an infrared adapter, unit can print hard copies for record-keeping. One-button operation provides eight automatic measurements. Filters out noise and screens out patient movement. Provides optional interpretation for adults and children. 2.44 x 6.69 x 8.23
2.2 lbs
$2,300 – $2,600
Contact manufacturer for warranty information
PAM CM 4000
Technology Transfer
West Lafayette, IN
(800) 457-9797
www.ttic.com
Stores up to nine minutes or 15 patients; unlimited memory when connected to a computer. DC operated or runs for more than two hours on a rechargeable battery. Has modem/phone line hook-up. Does not screen out patient movement or analyze strips. Leads are color-coded. Comes with a printer or computer software. User can place the device on patient’s chest to obtain any one of 12 leads or connect standard leads and take a 12-lead reading automatically or manually. 7 x 4 x 1.4
1.1 lbs
$2,650
Contact manufacturer for warranty information

 



Lisa Schiff, ed. Resource Review: EKG machines. RN 2002;5:36ac13.

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