So a few years ago when the A-Team movie came out it had a scene where Murdock was defibrillating with a car battery. I wrote a post (or thought I did) about how that’s just a myth. Some people may wonder how could such a myth exist? Well ladies and gentlemen, this is how myths start…
Yep, that is an ACTUAL defibrillator. The First Medic 510 Semi-Automatic Defibrillator manufactured by Space Labs. Don’t believe me? Well here’s a video of the same model (not the same one) in “action”…
This is how myths get started. I mean look at that thing people! It’s totally a car battery!!!
So in case you were wondering, car batteries can’t be used as defibrillators. The reason is because they don’t have anything that regulates the current. Although a 12.6 volt car battery contains 2,000,000+ Joules of energy, to release it in 200 Joules and 360 Joules requires some sort of regulation. For that matter, even just doing a one second or less attempt would result in far less Joules than successful defibrillation would require.
It can be so interesting to find out where the myths and legends originate from. What’s even more interesting can be the amount of absolute obsolete stuff you’ll find in places.
We’re like a nation of hoarders.