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27-year-old nurse de­signs 2-minute ECG ma­chine

- Our Cor­re­spon­dent Health · Medicine · Muscat · Oman · Ibri

A de­vice de­signed by a 27-yearold Omani has caught the at­ten­tion of the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity for re­duc­ing the time needed to con­duct heart ex­am­i­na­tion on pa­tients.

Ali Ab­dul­lah Hu­maid al Gharibi from the wilayat of Ibri, Dhahi­rah gov­er­norate, who works in Ibri Hospi­tal’s ac­ci­dent and emer­gency de­part­ment as a gen­eral nurse, has made an elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG) ma­chine that ex­am­ines pa­tients in two min­utes, some­times less. Reg­u­lar ECG ma­chines take up to five min­utes to con­duct the same ex­am­i­na­tion.

“The need for this arose from a real life sit­u­a­tion, which many of us en­counter. In 2015, when I was work­ing with a pa­tient, he needed an ur­gent ECG.”

Re­call­ing the in­ci­dent, he said, “It was a race against time. I was un­der pres­sure to do it as fast as I could be­cause the pa­tient was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere chest pain and in un­sta­ble con­di­tion.”

The need for this arose from a real life sit­u­a­tion, which many of us en­counter. In 2015, when I was work­ing with a pa­tient, he needed an ur­gent ECG

ALI AL GHARIBI

Gharibi noted that in such cir­cum­stances, there could be sev­eral other fac­tors de­vel­op­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously to fur­ther slow the pro­ce­dure. “It prompted me to think how I can solve this prob­lem. The chal­lenge piqued my cu­rios­ity and an idea evolved,” Gharibi told Mus­cat Daily.

His de­vice is a 12-lead ECG ma­chine that presents a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the heart and the elec­tri­cal im­pulses pass­ing through the mus­cle.

“Such a de­vice would ben­e­fit all of hu­man­ity, not just Oman. Dur­ing the on­go­ing COVID-19 pan­demic, it helps save time and – more sig­nif­i­cantly - re­duce ex­po­sure time for pa­tients which even­tu­ally min­imises risk of dis­ease trans­mis­sion.”

Gharibi’s big­gest chal­lenge in de­sign­ing his ECG ma­chine was avail­abil­ity of equip­ment. “The de­sign it­self was the first road­block which was over­come fol­low­ing end­less dis­cus­sions with a spe­cial­ist en­gi­neer. The de­sign went through sev­eral stages of tweak­ing,” he said, adding that he has no fi­nan­cial sup­port in the project.

Gharibi’s is con­fi­dent his ECG ma­chine can ex­pe­dite the pro­ce­dure for clin­i­cians and hope­fully re­place the tra­di­tional ma­chines cur­rently in use.

He is in the process of ap­ply­ing for a patent and reg­is­ter­ing the de­vice with the Min­istry of Com­merce, In­dus­try and In­vest­ment Devel­op­ment.

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