Positioning ECG Electrodes
Diagrams for 5-lead standard and EASI electrode placement are located on the
back of the transceiver. Additional lead placement information is available in the
Online Help in the IntelliVue Information Center.
Philips recommends that electrodes be changed every 24 hours.
Check electrodes for moist gel, and attach to the clips. If you are not
using pre-gelled electrodes, apply electrode gel to the electrodes
Gel must be moist to provide a good signal.
Place the electrodes on the patient according to the lead placement
you have chosen (see Electrode Placement following). Place the
edge down, then "roll down" the rest of the pad. Press firmly around
the adhesive edge toward the center.
When placing electrodes, choose a flat, non-muscular site
where the signal will not be interfered with by either movement or
bones. Correct lead placement is always important for accurate
measurement, especially in the precordial leads, which are close to
the heart. QRS morphology can be greatly altered if an electrode is
moved away from its correct location.