Herbert J. Semler, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Lee E. Lauer; Laurel D. Smith
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The time factor is critical in any system designed to treat cardiac arrest and thus to prevent sudden coronary death. The speed with which resuscitation is done is directly related to survival rate. Rapid resuscitation of ventricular fibrillation or asystole occurring outside the hospital is hampered by the unavailability of electrocardiographs. Even in the hospital it may take from 55 to 120 sec to obtain an ECG in emergencies occurring in areas where monitors are absent.
To speed diagnosis, an instant cardiac sensor has been developed to record the ECG in less than 3 sec. This portable, battery-operated, hand-held instrument
Semler HJ, Lauer LE, Smith LD. STAT-ECG Sensor in Cardiac Crises.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:821–822. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-821_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):821-822.
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