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Subject: Re: Fetal Heart Monitor Strips
From: John Glover <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 20 Oct 2003 19:58:18 -0700

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Actually, 20 foot monitor strips and longer are often microfilmed as one
For convenience some are duplicated and the duplicate is loaded into a
Forty feet of strips can fit in one jacket.
The roll film can be printed back to paper as one continuos strip.

... John Glover
... MDS/Sourcecorp/Agfa
... 800-969-2556, ext. 367

> [Original Message]
> From: Larry Medina <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 10/20/2003 7:54:18 AM
> Subject: Re: Fetal Heart Monitor Strips
> >Okay, I'll jump in with a couple of naive questions:
> They're not naive, they're legitimate...  I'll take a stab at answering
> them based on my knowledge of the equipment.
> >     Why not scan the strips and/or microfilm them?
> Liz Allan says the size of the strips prevent them from being scanned as a
> primary option, but I'm not too sure about that.  Many I have seen have
> automatic folds on 11" segments, but there would be a problem "seaming"
> images together.  Others, which are in a roll format would be prohibitive
> to scan and/or film.
> >     Why can't these monitors create electronic files instead of strips?
> Some monitors DO create electronic files, but that just poses another
> different problem for the storage of the information for long periods of
> time.  The data is written in a proprietary format that can only be read
> through the machines that generate it (and naturally, that's not saying it
> HAS TO BE that way, but it IS that way) and you'd have to keep a machine
> around that runs the same version of the software used to capture/generate
> it in the first place.
> >     Why can't the monitors print on something other than paper they are
> >currently on?
> I'm sure they can be retrofitted to do this, but the printer is typically
> an integral piece of the machine used to capture the data from the
> monitor/s.  Hospital emergency and operating rooms are pretty tight for
> space, so it's not like they have room to add a cart that would
> an independent printer, and it means another connection is involved
> (serial, USB or parallel cable) then there's one more possibility of a
> >Is a thermal printer faster?  I just can't
> >believe that monitor manufacturers are hopelessly wed to this paper.
> I think the issue is convenience more than speed.  The printer cartridge
> internal to the machine collecting the data, so it's easier to deal with
> and there's no independent ink, ribbons, etc. to worry about... the print
> mechanism is all self-contained.
> Larry
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