Lesson 1 – Preparing for clinical use

This lesson covers methods and techniques when using the Stimpod NMT monitor in the OR

Setup Requirements

To complete this lesson, you will need:

  1. Stimpod NMS450X Neuromuscular Monitor
  2. NMT Monitoring Cable EMG or NMT Monitoring Cable AMG
  3. EMG Electrode or Xavant NMT Electrode or two ECG electrodes

Introduction

The following best practices and guidelines are important for optimization of workflow when using the Stimpod in the OR. This will ensure longevity of the device.

Best practices are intended to:

  • Optimize device longevity
  • Decrease wear and tear
  • Limit accidental damage
  • Optimize workflow

Preparing the Stimpod NMS450X for Clinical Use

  • Switch the Stimpod on and check the available battery life.
  • Always keep an extra set of batteries.
  • Ensure battery cover clips are properly closed. 
  • Ensure all cables are in good working condition. Do not use damaged cables. 
  • Inspect the unit for general damage.
  • Conduct a short circuit test with the red and black electrodes by connecting the clips to two electrodes that have their gel sides stuck together. Alternatively, connect the red and black clips to a metal pin.
  • Ensure the correct electrodes are readily available.
  • Confirm the testing site (thumb, big toe, face etc.).
  • Confirm where the Stimpod will be placed in the OR.
  • Ensure the Stimpod is secured in an accessible position so that it doesn’t fall or break during the procedure.
  • Ensure the cable is long enough and reaches the monitor.
  • Do not place the Stimpod on or near any other electrical equipment, such as a diathermy generator, which could cause electromagnetic interference.
  • Always keep a copy of the STIMPOD Quick Start Guide on hand for reference. Keep in mind you can access the IFU online by scanning the QR-code in the Quick Start Guide or visiting xavant.com/docs. 
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