Welch Allyn, a developer of medical devices, has launched a full-featured CP 300 Electrocardiograph (ECG) with the convenience of a laptop. CP 300 electrocardiograph is developed through an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partnership with Schiller AG. In addition to administering patient tests and managing patient information, the company claims that this device offers single-key operation, a full-color 15” flip-screen display, flexible report formatting and a full-featured stress option.

“With increased demands on their time and pressures to keep down costs, caregivers need an enhanced level of flexibility in their devices like never before,” said Elsa Wells, regional category manager, cardiopulmonary, at Welch Allyn. “One of our top priorities is to bring more affordable full-featured ECG and stress testing options to clinicians. The new CP 300 electrocardiograph effectively bridges the gap (cost, size and complexity) between today’s low-end and high-end ECGs that offer even more comprehensive benefits to multispecialty clinics that perform a high volume of testing.”

The Welch Allyn CP 300 is a noninterpretive 12-lead resting ECG with an optional interpretation software package that offers physicians a second opinion. It has a full alphanumeric keypad with dedicated function keys for quick access to common functions and a 15” TFT full-color display for easy patient data entry and waveform monitoring. In addition to PC-based hardware that runs on a Windows XP platform, the unit comes equipped with an integrated high-resolution thermal printer that generates standard full-sized reports in customizable formats and an integrated graphical electrode test with checkpoints to aid electrode placement and check lead quality. The device also offers 40 GB of storage capacity to manage large volumes of test records.

The CP 300 also offers a full-featured stress option with a complete exercise ECG test system. In addition to full disclosure of all 12 leads, it features dedicated function keys to streamline the testing process. Users can choose from six predefined commonly used stress protocols or use the protocol editor to create their own. The device’s ST measurement reference point can be modified at any time during or after the test to calculate ECG measurements at regular intervals and or display ST measurements on Average Complex and Tabular views.

“Clinicians are trying to do more with less these days, so easy-to-use devices that can administer tests and manage patient information from one platform are in high demand,” Wells added. “Our flexible electrocardiograph offers the best of both worlds, simple, accurate testing and intuitive data management in a convenient laptop-style format. This device offers tangible benefits like simple hook-ups, lead previews and single-key operation, but it’s the intangible benefits like ease of use, reliability and speed that physicians and patients will appreciate the most.”