In the ancient history, Greek came up with their first interaction with electricity when they noticed that amber attracts small objects when rubbed with fur. Its occurrence was already accepted while observing nature, lighting was already a great source of electricity. Electricity is a phenomenon, as much as it’s resides in the surroundings it is also a part of our human bodies. Our biological cells do contain combination of electrons, protons and neutrons. Making the atomic structure capable of producing electricity at a minimal level.
Electrophysiology and Its Medical Applications
Electrophysiology deals with the study of physiology that pertains to the flow of ions (ion current) in biological tissues and, in particular, to the electrical recording techniques that enable the measurement of this flow. There has been multiple techniques which are used to measure the electrical parameters of the human body. But the most classic way that has been into practice involves placing electrodes into various preparations of biological tissue. It involves measurement of voltage changes between difference organs.
In neuroscience it involves measurements of the electrical activity of neurons, and, in particular, action potential activity. These voltages allow to diagnose and monitor the trends of human body accordingly. Recordings of large-scale electric signals from the nervous system, such as electroencephalography, may also be referred to as electrophysiological recordings. The electrodes/applications which uses a set of electrical cables for recording such electrical signals are referred to as electrophysiology cables.
Electrophysiology cables are used in electrophysiology (EP) labs and procedures indicated to provide a conduit/connection between each diagnostic or ablation catheter and the corresponding equipment console.
All electrophysiology cables undergo a thorough decontamination process that includes manual cleaning, brushing and visual inspection under magnification.
Performance of electrophysiology cables
Performance of electrophysiology cables depends heavily on its inspection and testing. All cables are tested for electrical performance through end-to-end testing (continuity), lead-to-lead testing (isolation), and high potential current leakage. All ablation cables undergo performance testing to ensure proper functionality.
Serialized tags allow for comprehensive device history and life cycle tracking, ensuring cables are never reprocessed beyond their maximum number of cleared cycles. After use, the electrophysiology cables are wiped and cleaned properly, wet gauze is applied to remove excess debris. Then, while loosely coiling the cables, place them in a Stryker provided collection bag. Sterilization of these electrophysiology cables is of paramount important as these cables comes in direct contact with the human body.