SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Electrode ECG tab for 12 lead ECG

All Wales Contract: ECG Electrodes, Diathermy plates, Defib pads
Sterility Status: Non Sterile.
Usage Status: Single use.


Also known as 'resting tab ECG electrodes' or 'Biotabs'. These are small ECG electrodes for 12 lead ECG, with the underside covered in a hydrogel adhesive. Solid and wet gel versions are available. Wet gel tab electrodes are thought to produce a better quality signal and are particularly useful on hairy skin and on patients with skin problems as the contact with skin is reduced in comparison to solid gel electrodes.

They are usually smallrectangular electrodes with a flap at the edge for attachment to leads. Adult and paediatric sizes are available.


Key areas where used

  • Cardiology - for 12 lead electrocardiograph

Method of use

The peel-off backing is removed from the electrode, positioned on the patient, leads from the ECG machine areconnected to the non-adhesive flap at the edge of electrode bya wide-nosed clip. Monitoring with these tab electrodes is short term(e.g. 10 seconds).

When these electrodes are purchased, they must be supplied with wide-nosed clips


  • Strips of 10

Sizes Required

  • Adult and paediatric


Coding SystemCodeDescription
NSV FDK144/310/331/FDI0272 Electrode ECG for 12 lead ECG 10 electrodes per sheet

Example products

The following table lists examples of products known to be acceptable for this product description.

Brand NameProduct CodeManufacturer
BioTabs (solid gel) 0315 Unomedical
Blue sensor (solid gel) BS-3500 Ambu
Blue sensor SUPAtab (wet gel) SU-00-C-100 Ambu

Revision Details

EditorPete Phillips
Revision No 1.24
Revision date2008/11/06

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This datacard has been prepared as an aid to contracting forpurchasers in the NHS in Wales, and shouldnot be used as a substitute for literature, instructions or training from the manufacturersof the devices.

Products mentioned in this datacard are for illustration purposes onlyand should not be seen as an endorsement of these products.

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