Most frequently, an electrocardiogram machine will be used when a patient is sitting down on the exam table or in a hospital bed. Because the patient is not mobile in those instances, a stationary machine would be perfectly sufficient. But there are other times when additional tests may need to be conducted away from the exam table or when a doctor needs to meet a patient at a particular location.
Depending on the type of practice you run, those particular cases may be few and far between, or you may see an even mix of them both. Either way, the frequency with which you will use an ECG on the go will determine which type is best for you. Most medical offices will have a stationary ECG machine and then supplement that one with a portable machine. Whichever route you decide to take is up to you. Just look at the benefits of each before making a decision.
Benefits of a portable machine
- Light and compact, you can easily bring this anywhere. There are even handheld versions that just use a connection on the thumbs.
- Allows for home monitoring.
- Can help determine when it is necessary to go to the hospital.
- Data can be promptly relayed to medical staff.
Benefits of a stationary machine
- The less-compact nature of the machine allows for more features that do not fit on a portable ECG.
- Multiple leads give a more accurate reading.
- Results can be traced directly onto paper.
- Able to capture more data.