• transcutaneous pacing artifact;
  • ECG morphology

PROCHACZEK, F., ET AL.: The Effect of Suppression of the Distortion Artifact during Transcutaneous Pacing on the Shape of the QRS Complex. The quality of the ECG recording during transcutaneous pacing was evaluated in six healthy volunteers. The transcutaneous pacing stimulator was an NP4D special unit to which was attached an electronic suppressor of artifact generated by the transcutaneous stimulating impulse. The relationship between this suppression of artifact distortion and the resulting QRS complex was analyzed. The results revealed that the suppression time (described as a 2-mm oscillation from 100-Hz frequency was required for ECG distortion elimination and that this is dependent on the threshold of ventricular pacing. The width of the resulting QRS complex diminishes as the suppression is extended over 110 ms. These results suggest the necessity of individual adjustment of the suppression time so that the efficacy of transcutaneous pacing is adequately assessed.