Touch-Proof Electrode Connectors

Touch-Proof Electrode Connectors

The industry standard for most EEG and EMG needle electrodes, surface electrodes, and alligator clips is the 1.5mm “touch-proof safety socket.”  Such sockets can be plugged into almost any modern EEG, ERG, or EMG machine.  Technically, these 1.5 mm touchproof connectors fall under the DIN 42802-1 standard (under IEC 60601-1; sometimes written as DIN 42 802), which was adopted over 20 years ago to make electrodes safer.  There are no longer any exposed metal pins; all metal components are rece...
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Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Philosophy:   One of our favorite sayings is “Better, not cheaper.”  That means that we – like our customers – want  the highest quality product or solution for the job.  While many of our products are less expensive than those of our larger competitors, we believe that in medical devices, cheaper is often NOT better, and may even put patients and healthcare providers at greater risk in some instances. Another saying we have is “Helping, not hounding.”  In short, this means treating our custo...
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Considering Disposable EEG Cup Electrodes?

Considering Disposable EEG Cup Electrodes?

Are you considering disposable EEG cup electrodes? If you are deciding whether to purchase disposable (single-use) or reusable EEG cup electrodes for your practice or EEG lab, please read on… Purchase (material) costs:  The purchase cost to buy EEG cup electrode products (available from The Electrode Store and others) runs about $1 dollar per single electrode strand for the disposable EEG Cup variety vs. about $10 per strand for the reusable type.  However, aside from the obvious purchase (ma...
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Botulinum Toxin – Approved Medical Indications (USA)

Botulinum Toxin – Approved Medical Indications (USA) In addition to their use in cosmetic or aesthetic procedures, various botulinum toxin products have been approved for medical/therapeutic indications in the USA for certain spasticity or movement disorders.  The table below summarizes some of the top brands, such as BOTOX®, and the indications each has been approved for.  This is for the US ONLY, and unless otherwise noted, the products are indicated for ADULTS and have not been approved fo...
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Concentric Needle Electrodes from The Electrode Store

Concentric Needle Electrodes from The Electrode Store

Concentric Needle Electrodes from The Electrode Store Concentric Needle Electrodes (Photo courtesy of Technomed)   Have you had a chance to try The Electrode Store’s concentric needle electrodes?  We are an authorized distributor of the high-quality yet economical Technomed brand.   With a recording surface area as low as 0.02mm2 on the beveled side of the needle tip, you get a good steady signal with consistent, repeatable, precise readings.  Other key features are listed below or in th...
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What is the meaning of “quality?”

What is the meaning of “quality?” Like many companies, we at The Electrode Store try to hold ourselves to high standards.  We strive for excellence in our products and service, and we want satisfied customers.  But what does “Quality” really mean?  There are many definitions of the word Quality.   One of my favorite descriptions is by Webster Dictionary:  Quality = “degree of excellence.”  It is simple and straight to the point.    The American Society for Quality defines “Quality” as:  The...
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Comfortable Electrodes for the Eyes

Comfortable Electrodes for the Eyes

Comfortable Electrodes for the Eyes The ERG-Jet, manufactured by Fabrinal SA, and distributed in the US and Canada by The Electrode Store, is a disposable contact lens electrode used for performing an electroretinogram (ERG) procedure.  Essentially, Electroretinography measures the eye’s neural/electrical responses to a series of flashing lights to determine whether the retina has a disorder.  Often, ERGs are done as a screen to determine if cataract or retinal surgery would be beneficial or ...
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How Our Electrodes are Sterilized

  How Our Electrodes are Sterilized Do you know how our electrodes are sterilized?  At the completion of final assembly and packaging, our disposable needle electrodes are sent out to a world-class sterilization lab to be sterilized right in their individually sealed packs.  The sterilization firm we use offers three different types of sterilization:  Gamma Irradiation, Ethylene Oxide and Electron Beam (E-Beam).  The Electrode Store products undergo E-Beam sterilization because it is the best...
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Surface Electrodes

 What are Surface Electrodes? What are surface electrodes?  They are conductive metal plates used by physicians to read neuro-muscular electrical signals through the skin.  They are typically composed of Ag/AgCI (Silver or Silver Chloride) metal, placed on the skin, and kept in place with adhesive or elastic bands.  They are attached to a cable that plugs into the doctor’s electrodiagnostic equipment.  Sometimes conductive gels are used to improve the electrical conduction between the skin a...
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What Integrity Looks Like

  What Integrity Looks Like Differentiating Traits of the Honest and Ethical Honesty and integrity are core values we strive for in our company.  Here, I try to describe what that should look like.  Think of the most honest and ethical person you know.  What separates him or her from the pack?  To be thought of as a “person of integrity,” try to embody some of these differentiating traits of the honest and ethical that I have observed in others over the years:  BE TRUTHFUL AND NOT DECEPTIVE...
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Our Most Popular Monopolar Electrodes

Our Most Popular Monopolar Electrodes Our disposable monopolar needle electrodes are used primarily in electromyograms, or electromyography (EMG) procedures, and come in a wide variety of lengths and gauges. Sizes are color-coded and range from 25mm (1”) long x 29 gauge all the way up to 75mm (3”) long x 24 gauge. The DTM-Series is The Electrode Store’s original monopolar design. DTMs come in a wide variety of lengths: 1.00”, 1.50”, 2.00”, and 3.00”. The popular top of the line “Protectrode S...
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What are your organization’s values, and how do you make them real to your people?

  What are your organization’s values, and how do you make them real to your people?     After 20+ years in the corporate world, I tend to roll my eyes when people start talking about mission statements, vision, and values.   Maybe that’s because I’ve seen and heard many of these generic-sounding corporate statements before, or because I know how time-consuming and frustrating it can be for a team to try to come up with a mission statement or a set of values whose wording everyone agrees upo...
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