Philips Helps Fight Infection with Disposable ECG Leads


May 9, 2008

Philips offered new disposable adult ECG leadwire electrodes to help with infection control May 3-8 at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute in Chicago.

Philips said about 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections are reported each year in U.S. hospitals, and drug-resistant pathogens can live on surfaces in hospitals, such as ECG lines, for weeks. The new disposable leadwire electrodes are designed to be a part of a hospital’s HAI prevention strategy.

Available in three or five-lead configurations with metallic radiolucent wires, the leadwire electrodes are available with AAMI and IEC color code wires for faster lead placement. Philips said the sold-get electrode technology has an estimated 72-hour wear time and can be repositioned one time. The electrodes do not need an adaptor, as they plug directly into the Philips trunk cable.

May 2008