New toy!!

Nurses General Nursing


  • Specializes in LTC, Subacute Rehab.

Our DON was cleaning out a closet at work and found an old ECG machine.. there's a handwritten date on the manual that says 1991. I got to take it home! Husband and I tried it out with the included (albeit expired) electrodes... the printing speed is off, so NSR looks like sinus tach or sinus brady depending on its mood.

Anyway, I just thought it was cool :mad:


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Too cool to see how far we've come in that time, huh? Back in the mid-90's I worked for a small family practice office. Our (fortunately unused) crash cart had a small monitor/defibrillator with round defib paddles that looked like something you'd play air hockey with.

Specializes in ER/ICU/Flight.

What kind of EKG is it? Around that time, we used to have an old LP5 with an LP250 slaved to it for defib. Thing must have weighed 70+lbs!! I remember how great we thought it was when we got LP8s!!


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Specializes in LTC, Subacute Rehab.

Birtcher, model 365, single channel ECG. To print a 12-lead, you have to switch through all the leads using the buttons on the machine. It's small enough to fit in a backpack, but computer programmer husband says that owing to the tiny LCD screen, the absolute oldest it would be is circa 1985 - still quite old.

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