The ECG/Resp CPU receives control messages from the system CPU.
ECG Software on the System CPU
• Display Filter and Scaling
This software receives the raw ECG wave with pace pulse information from the ECG/Resp
CPU. The pace pulse spikes are removed from the ECG before filtering, and re-inserted
after filtering with their original shape (the filtering would distort them otherwise).
Software filters remove line frequency (50/60Hz), high frequency noise, artifacts and
The waves are scaled automatically or manually as set by the user.
The defibrillator marker is superimposed on the ECG wave to be displayed.
ECG waves are communicated to the display unit via the operating system.
This software derives the averaged value of the heart rate. Pace pulses and undershoots are
removed from the signal. The multi-channel QRS detector generates beat identification tags
for the cardiotach. The detection algorithm weights noisy ECG channels less than channels
with clear signals. The cardiotach measures the time between two detected QRS complexes
and calculates a beat to beat and averaged heart rate. The heart rate is communicated to the
ECG Alarming software, and to the display unit via the operating system.
Introduction to the Instrument
A respiration wave,
Pace pulse data,
INOP messages, and
Electrocardiogram/Respiration (ECG/Resp) Measurement