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 ECG History | ECG Evolution | The EKG Glove™ | Glove Benefits | Instructions | The Future | Videos

The Evolution of the Electrocardiogram (1902-2011)

Cambridge Scientific Instrument Co. First ECG Machine Type
Traditional ECG Machine
with Cables and Electrodes
Traditional ECG Machine and/or Wireless Device with The EKG Glove

1902-1938: Large Canisters Filled with a Salt Based Solution

The science of clinical electrocardiography has not changed much since Dutch doctor Wilhelm Einthoven performed the first diagnostic electrocardiogram (EKG) back in 1902 and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for it in 1924. Modern ECGs are based on the principles defined by his “Einthoven Triangle” which describes the human circuitry used to measure and record the electrical currents generated by the heart using the right wrist, left wrist and left ankle as primary conductors. To conduct an ECG exam, Einthoven's subjects had to immerse each of their limbs into large containers of salt based solutions from which the ECG was recorded.

1938-2011: Cables, Electrodes and Plugs or "Spaghetti Wires!"

The exact same principles defined by Einthoven's "Triangle" are used by cardiologists and certified, trained technicians to perform an ECG exam today but instead of immersing a patients limbs into containers of salt based solutions, complex cables, electrodes and plugs are attached to a patient's extremities and torso. Although this "new" technology was better than the old, applying the cables, electrodes and plugs could take up to 30 minutes, restrict the patients movements, expose the patient to possible infections caused by the use of unsanitary cables, and increase the number exams required to acquire a legible reading due to misplaced electrodes.

2011 - “The EKG Glove™”… No More Spaghetti Wires!

The basic premise behind the invention of The EKG Glove™ was to create an easy to use ECG solution that would save time, money and lives by eliminating the necessity of cumbersome, unsanitary cables, electrodes and plugs while down sizing the circuitry “foot print” of the Einthoven Triangle.

User Friendly: no certified technician required

Sanitary: it's single use, disposable!

Portable: no external cables or electrodes

Compatible: Using a compatible cable, The EKG Glove™ can connect to most industry standard ECG recording devices including many of the newer wireless devices associated with advanced clinical, emergency and remote health care platforms (Home Care and Tele-Health).

The EKG Glove™ embeds all of the abdominal/chest cables, plugs and electrodes into a glove like sheath and the extremity wired leads (used to generate a 12-Lead ECG) are now shielded electrodes that extend and get applied to the upper and lower torso of the body:

  • the right wrist electrode is now applied just below the right collar bone

  • the left wrist electrode is now applied just below the left collar bone

  • the left ankle electrode is now applied just above the left rib cage

The positioning of the electrodes within The EKG Glove™ does not change the basic mathematical principles of the original Einthoven Triangle and still allows for the recording of a reliable, diagnostic 12 lead ECG.

ECG History | ECG Evolution | The EKG Glove™ | Glove Benefits | Instructions | The Future | Videos