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CardioBeeper Heart Monitor

CardioBeeper Heart Monitor

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Description (Brief)
Rectangular and gray plastic, marked "CardioBeeper Heart Monitor." Three buttons are located on the front of the monitor, respectively marked "Test," "Beep," and "ECG." On the upper right side of the CardioBeeper is a red light recessed into a red triangle, and just below is a green light recessed into a green square. Two black electrodes with wires are stored in the back of the device. One black wire is marked "left," and the white wire is marked "right." The beeper is stored in a zippered brown plastic case with black trim. The case is marked "Survival Technology Inc: Bethesda MD."
The CardioBeeper was Invented by Stanley J. Sarnoff, M.D. (1917-1990). His most recognized invention is the Epi-Pen. Sarnoff founded the Rodana Research Corporation and its successor Survival Technology Inc. is a subsidiary of Meridian Technologies, which itself is a subsidiary of Pfizer. The original request to patent the CardioBeeper was filed in 1973 and the patent was issued in 1976. CardioBeeper received FDA approval in 1981. CardioBeeper was produced and manufactured during the 1980s, and was used by patients to monitor their heart rate. As a battery powered, hand held device, the CardioBeeper could be used by patients to monitor their heart rate and transmit their data via the telephone to their doctor. The two electrodes are placed under the armpits of the patient, and the physician and patient stay in contact as the data is transmitted by telephone.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Cardio Beeper
CardioBeeper
heart monitor
cardiology
date made
About 1980
maker
Survival Technology Inc.
place made
United States: Maryland, Bethesda
Physical Description
plastic; metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall, monitor: 4 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.8575 cm
overall, case: 4 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 12.065 cm x 7.3025 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall: 10.6 cm x 5.6 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 3/16 in x 2 7/32 in x 29/32 in
ID Number
2011.0111.01
accession number
2011.0111
catalog number
2011.0111.01
Credit Line
Gift of Steve W. Lett
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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