Presentation on theme: "Marek OCHOCKI, Slawomir LATOS Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment ITAM, 118, Roosevelt Str., Zabrze, Poland INFLUENCE OF DEFIBRILLATION TREATMENT."— Presentation transcript:
Marek OCHOCKI, Slawomir LATOS Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment ITAM, 118, Roosevelt Str., Zabrze, Poland INFLUENCE OF DEFIBRILLATION TREATMENT ON SOME ELECTRICAL PARAMETERS AND APPLICATION SAFETY OF ECG ELECTRODES
Presentation scheme The subject of presentation Introduction Examination procedure Examination results Conclusions Wider context
The subject of presentation A contribution to determination of safety of disposable ECG electrodes use in conditions of defibrillation treatment in monitored patients for risk stratification and referential purposes ECG electrodes available on the Polish market 4 European manufacturers including Polish one Illustration of relations between patient’s safety, standards, market considerations, compliance to standards and regulations as well as research activity
Introduction Fig. 1 ECG electrode filled with gel
Introduction Fig. 2 Schematic representation of electrode- gel-patient’s skin structure and its equivalent circuit model according to 
Introduction ECG recording or monitoring The use of cardiac defibrillation treatment –Defibrillation voltages transposed up to 200 V between ECG electrodes on patient’s body Hazards to ECG electrodes and patients –Up to 2% of defibrillation current absorbed by electrodes, mostly in sensor Ag/AgCl structure –Degradation of sensor layer - impairment of electrode characteristics  –Electrodes polarization (publication ) –Rise of electrodes impedance – next slide:
Increase of ECG electrodes impedance may cause: unwanted decrease of common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) of ECG amplifier channel. raise of disturbing interference of alternative current on ECG waveform . augmentation of exuded energy during defibrillation or even electrosurgical operation involving possible heating up of electrodes and the patient's burns .
Procedure of ECG electrodes examination Selection of electrodes Tests distribution in years Gluing electrodes in gel-to-gel mode into pairs – correspondence to impedance measurement on abraded patient’s skin  Measurement of polarization potential of electrodes 60÷90 s after gluing Measurement of impedance with the 10 Hz current Fourfold defibrillation recovery test − according to schematic diagram in Fig. 4 Measurement impedance with the 10 Hz current after defibrillation
Testing according to globally recognized standard: American National Standard ANSI/AAMI EC12:2000/(R)2010 Disposable ECG electrodes AAMI Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
The photo of measuring equipment set for ECG electrodes testing
Fig. 3 Measurement circuit for testing the electrodes impedance with 10 Hz current
Fig. 4 Instrumentation system for defibrillation recovery testing of ECG electrodes according to standard 
Fig. 5 Electric scheme for defibrillation recovery testing of ECG electrodes according to 
Results Initial self-polarization potential („DC offset voltage”), measured in simple circuit after 60÷90 s stabilization period of glued electrode pairs did not exceed 6 mV in all the measurements of 2012 year. In previous years indicated, these voltages were also far below 100 mV upper allowable limit according to 
Polarization recovery from defibrillation induced overload in 2012 tests Measurements 5 secs after each of four discharges of 200 V did not exceed 21 mV in all tests of 2012 year. The upper permissible limit being 100 mV  Rate of decrease of induced polarization potential during 30 secs following each ‘5 secs’ measurement did not exceed 0,5 mV/s (permissible maximum 1 mV/s )
Fig. 6 Example of recovery polarization potential in time after a series of four defibrillation-like expositions impacting the electrode pair chosen
Table 1. Results of impedance measurements for electrode pairs examined, in four selected years Mea- sured Impe- dance Para- meters Years of examinations conducted 2006200720112012 Each year one electrode type from one producer, and quantity of 12 electrode pairs tested Electrode types of one producer and quantity of electrode pairs tested A 7 pairs B 12 pairs C 12 pairs D 12 pairs Impe- dance interval before defibrilla -tion k 0,29÷ 0,38 0,41÷ 0,48 0,04÷ 0,06 0,21÷ 0,41 0,23÷ 0,46 0,18÷ 0,29 0,16÷ 0,34
Mean impedan ce value before defibril- lation k 0,340,440,050,270,340,22 Impe- dance interval after defibrilla -tion k 0,28÷ 0,32 0,30÷ 0,37 0,03÷ 0,04 0,17÷ 0,37 0,08÷ 0,22 0,07÷ 0,13 0,12÷ 0,16 Mean Impedan -ce value after defibril- lation k 0,300,340,040,230,150,100,15
End of Table 1. Interval of impe- dance drop % 0,0÷ 23,7 9,9÷ 31,4 17,2÷ 29,5 2,2÷ 21,9 46,9÷ 71,7 51,1÷ 69,6 12,1÷ 55,4 Mean value of impe- dance drop % 10,821,822,313,856,357,031,2
Changes of electrode impedance In result of fourfold defibrillatory exposition the impedance drop in all examined electrode pairs has occurred. Mean value of this drop for each electrode lot falls into 10,8% do 57% interval. Checked ECG electrodes comply with the American standard , to not exceed 2 kΩ by the mean impedance value for each production lot of 12 electrode pairs, and individually be below 3 kΩ.
Conclusions All tests have been complied to globally recognized American standard  with considerable safety margin. The results of conducted examinations generally have put in a good light the quality of tested ECG electrodes of four selected European manufacturers, including Polish one, This made possible safe use of these electrodes on patients undergone the serious treatment as cardiac defibrillation. In that important was (or is) to allow the physician obtaining quickly information for assessment of effectiveness of this defibrillation procedure.
Conclusions Referential meaning of these examinations - wider analyses, risk stratifications… On today market more and more medical devices appears from outside Europe. their quality is not stable. Periodic checking of accessible sample lots of such products - advisable Special care for long-term and little controlled transport and storage periods as well as rough conditions Particular care for semi-liquid materials like the gels. Essential performance – new kind of safety in standards for electromedical equipment – here represented
For further analysis two other low intensity parameters also positively tested meaningful phenomena, required by the American standard  : 1. Combined offset instability and internal noise After a 1-min stabilization period, a pair of electrodes connected gel-to-gel shall not generate a voltage greater than 150 microvolts (μV) p-p in the passband of 0.15 to 100 Hz, for a period of 5 min following the stabilization period.
Fig. 7 Test circuit for offset instability and internal noise measurement 
2. Bias current tolerance: Observed DC voltage offset change across a glued pair of electrodes required to not exceed 100 mV when the pair is subjec- ted to a continuous 200 nano- ampere DC current during at least 8 hours.
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