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PRESENTING INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS VOLUME 16 NUMBER 9 march 2009 reprint ECG-1550A ELECTROCARDIOGRAPH Affordable 15-Lead ECG for the Physician’s Office i 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!” um the company is a market leader in patient or monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology and cardiology instrumentation. having achieved annual worldwide sales of more F CO 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. D friendly interface for entry of patient data. M E their latest product offering is a new 15- data storage is simple using removable SD 09 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- 0 ©2 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. electrocardiogram. Conclusion 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 um functions and extensive data memory, the company. he has a high opinion the heart that might otherwise not or 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, CO 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- E tegress-Blackwell regional hos- best way to describe it by analogy M pital, Blackwell, OK also states To Learn More 09 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, ©2 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 www.nkekg.com. 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. medco Forum® is a registered trademark of Medco Communications LLC. Copyright ©2009 Medco Communications LLC. On editorial matters or to request additional copies, telephone (303) 674-9607. 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