Advantages and disadvantages of paper ECG and electronic ECG

Time : 2023-10-26

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a non-invasive test that assesses heart function by recording the heart's electrical activity. In ECG recording, paper ECG paper and electronic ECG are two common recording methods.

This article will explore the pros and cons of each of them.

1. Paper ECG chart

As a traditional recording method, paper ECG has the following advantages:

1. Intuitive and easy to read: Paper electrocardiograms can provide clear waveforms and marks. Doctors can intuitively observe the shape and intervals of the waveforms and make preliminary judgments on heart function.

2. Easy to save: Paper electrocardiograms can be easily archived and archived, and doctors and patients can review the historical records at any time.

3. No power support required: Paper ECG drawings do not rely on power supply and are suitable for some areas with limited resources or special environments.

However, paper ECG charts also have some disadvantages:

1. Manual processing: Paper ECG drawings require manual recording and analysis, which are easily affected by the operator's technical level and subjective factors, and there are certain errors.

2. Inconvenient storage and transmission: Paper ECG drawings take up a lot of space for storage, and are easily damaged or lost during transmission.

2. Electronic electrocardiogram

Electronic electrocardiogram is a new recording method developed in recent years with the advancement of technology. It has the following advantages:

1. Automated recording and analysis: Electronic ECG can directly output electronic data through the ECG instrument to achieve automatic recording and analysis, reducing the impact of human factors on the results and improving accuracy and reliability.

2. Convenient storage and transmission: Electronic ECG data can be easily stored on a computer, server or cloud, takes up little space, is easy to transmit and share, and can be accessed and viewed by doctors and patients at any time.

3. Support remote monitoring: Electronic electrocardiograms can be remotely monitored through the network. Doctors can remotely view the patient's electrocardiogram data at any time and detect abnormalities in a timely manner.

However, electronic ECGs also have some disadvantages:

1. High technical requirements: The use of electronic electrocardiograms requires certain technical support, including equipment operation and data analysis, and requires certain skills of the operator.

2. Reliance on power supply: Electronic ECG charts require power supply to work properly. If there is a power failure or equipment damage, recording and analysis may be affected.

Hospitals can purchase appropriate equipment based on their actual needs.