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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Disposable ECG electrodes to Architectural Door Trim

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Disposable ECG Electrodes
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a common medical procedure that detects heart abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. It can be used to diagnose heart disease and to monitor the functioning of heart medication. Many hospitals choose to use disposable electrodes, which are placed on the skin during an ECG, to promote a more sterile and sanitary procedure.

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has recently revised an American National Standard on disposable ECG electrodes. ANSI/AAMI EC12:2000 (R 2010), Disposable ECG electrodes, establishes minimum labeling, safety, and performance requirements for disposable electrodes used for diagnostic monitoring. One of the most significant changes in the newest revision of the standard is the inclusion of the adhesive performance section, which was added based on new data.

AAMI, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is dedicated to increasing the understanding, safety, and efficacy of medical instrumentation.

Architectural Door Trim
From Extreme Home Makeover to Trading Spaces, room decor is a hot topic on television and in homes across the nation. One element that can bring a home's look and feel together is door trim - but in order to be as functional as it is stylish, the trim should follow certain guidelines.

A newly revised ANS developed by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) provides the guidelines needed to assure proper functioning of door trim. ANSI/BHMA A156.6-2010, Architectural Door Trim, contains requirements for door protection plates, door edgings, push plates, door pulls, push bars, and pull bars. Strength and finish tests, as well as dimensional and material criteria, are also included.

BHMA, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is the trade association for North American manufacturers of commercial builders hardware. The organization promotes the general development and welfare of the builders hardware industry and its member companies.


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