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 VOLUME 16   NUMBER 9                                                                   march 2009

                     ECG-1550A ELECTROCARDIOGRAPH
                    Affordable 15-Lead ECG for the Physician’s Office

     t may come as a surprise to many to
     discover how long Nihon Kohden
     America (Foothill Ranch, CA) has
 been in business. the parent company was
 founded in 1951 and the U.S. division in
 1979. as the actor, michael caine, might
 have said “not a lot of people know that!”

 the company is a market leader in patient

 monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology
 and cardiology instrumentation. having
 achieved annual worldwide sales of more
                                                 Nihon Kohden America’s ECG-1550A features a
 than $1 billion, nihon Kohden is the
                                                 large, color, fully articulating screen, and a user-
 world’s second largest ecG supplier.
                                                 friendly interface for entry of patient data.

                        M E
 their latest product offering is a new 15-      data storage is simple using removable SD

 lead electrocardiograph, the ecG-1550a.         memory with the capacity to store data for
 One look at this new instrument and you         over 3,000 patients on a single, inexpen-
 can see exactly why it is such an attractive    sive card.
 option for patient care. the most obvious
 visual is a large, fully-articulating, color    When printing 12-lead ecG, the built-in
 screen showing the patient’s ecG, com-          thermal printer features a high-resolution,
 plete with an on-screen grid, exactly as it     four-column by three-row format with a
 prints on calibrated paper using the internal   rhythm strip across the bottom of the page.
 thermal printer. another fact that people       the 15-lead printed presentation is a lead-
 may not know is the cost of the 1550a.          by-lead vertical top-to-bottom format start-
 With a four-year warranty and a list price      ing with Lead 1 and ending with Lead V9.
 of $6,995, it is very affordable for many
 physicians’ offices.                            the most recent five minutes of ecG
                                                 waveforms, on all leads, are stored in
 For speedy and efficient patient data entry,    memory, increasing your chance to docu-
 a virtual keyboard appears on the tFt-          ment important clinical data. to save those
 LcD touch screen; a very elegant and user-      data, it is possible to select, analyze and
 friendly feature. ecG interpretation (both      print just the necessary region from five
 adult and pediatric) is standard with the       minutes of full disclosure ecG, allowing
 1550a, as are data communications and           for the precise selection of ecG for the 15-
 storage through Lan, USB, and SD cards.         lead or 12-lead report. this is an especially
 Furthermore, bar coding is an option, to-       useful feature when assessing “less than
 gether with sufficient internal memory to       compliant” patients, most notably those
 store 400 patient ecG records. extended         seen in pediatrics.
                                                         percutaneous transluminal coro-
                                                         nary angioplasty.1 the authors
                                                         concluded that posterior leads
                                                         significantly increased the detec-
                                                         tion of posterior injury pattern
                                                         compared with the standard 12-
                                                         lead electrocardiogram. Using
                                                         all 15 leads significantly further
                                                         improved the detection of cir-
                                                         cumflex coronary-related injury                           The most recent five minutes of all lead
                                                         pattern over the standard 12-lead                         ECG waveforms are stored in memory.
                                                         Practical Application                                     With its clear visual displays,
                                                         Gregory hong, mD, Director of                             easy-to-use functions and ex-
                                                         Good heart cardiology, Los an-                            tensive data memory, the ecG
                                                         geles agrees that more cardiolo-                          1550a 15-lead electrocardiograph
                                                         gists need to know about nihon                            is a welcome advance in long-
                                                         Kohden, and is surprised that                             established ecG technology.
                                                         many of his colleagues are not as                         most importantly, it allows phy-
With its clear visual displays, easy-to-use
                                                         familiar as they could be with the                        sicians to examine those parts of

functions and extensive data memory, the
                                                         company. he has a high opinion                            the heart that might otherwise not

ECG 1550A 15-lead electrocardiograph
is a welcome development in long-                        of nihon Kohden and says that                             be accessible. a visit to the dark
established ECG technology.                              their equipment is indeed very
                                                                                                     F             side of the moon is now possible,

                                                         reliable and very affordable. Bert                        thanks to nihon Kohden, and at
the real value of the 1550a,                             reimer is a certified Biomedical                          an affordable price!
however, is that it offers a 15-lead
ecG. Why is that important? the                                              D
                                                         equipment technician for the in-
                                                         tegress-Blackwell regional hos-
best way to describe it by analogy
                                                         pital, Blackwell, OK also states                          To Learn More

is to say it is like being able to                       that the 1550a is very reliable.                          For more information about the
look at the dark side of the moon.
                                             0           On the one occasion they had an                           ECG-1550A Electrocardiograph,

the value of such technology has                         inadvertent issue with the unit, he                       please call 1-800-325-0283, or
been examined in a study to com-                         says that the response from nihon                         visit the company’s Web site at
pare the sensitivity and specificity                     Kohden to supply a replacement                  
of posterior chest leads (V7, V8,                        part was excellent, and could not
and V9) and 12-lead electrocar-                          have been any better. it is always                        References:
diography in detecting posterior                         refreshing to hear stories of out-                        1. Khaw, K. et al. Amer. Heart J.
injury pattern during single-vessel                      standing customer service.                                   1999 138 934-940.

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