Created By: JtheDrafter on January 6, 2012

Improvised Defibrillator

Any electrical implement can be used to restart the heart.

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Real life defibrillators measure the heart's electrical activity so they know what kind of shock they need to give. In fiction, any appliance that emits electricity can be used to restart the heart. (Unlike Magical Defibrillator, a defibrillator isn't being used implausibly; an appliance is implausibly being used as a defibrillator.)

Western Animation:
  • In "Wild Cards" Hawkgirl uses her energy mace to shock Green Lantern's heart into pumping again after it's stopped by the shock of an explosion.
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  • January 6, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In One Piece the villain Enel uses his lightning powers to shock himself back to life.
  • January 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Possibly a more literal example than you had in mind:
    • MASH: BJ is in surgery working on a patient when the patient's heart stops. BJ tells Klinger to get a medical journal from the Swamp (BJ's tent); BJ remembered an article about the then-newfangled idea of defibrillators, which is purely hypothetical. The article is found and BJ manages to put together the very first working defibrillator from assorted stuff they scrounge up.
  • January 6, 2012
    KZN02
    Often used by those with Shock And Awe.
  • January 6, 2012
    VincentGaribaldi
    Eureka: Alison used jumper cables as a defibrillator in the 1940's.
  • January 7, 2012
    Koveras
    Doesn't James Bond attempt this with his car battery when he was poisoned in Casino Royale?
  • January 7, 2012
    TBeholder

  • January 7, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ @Koveras: In that film, the device Bond used was an actual defibrillator stored in his car. You can watch the scene here.
    Man in London: Remove the defibrillator from the pouch.

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  • January 7, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Ah, OK. Been a long time since I watched that movie. ^^;
  • January 7, 2012
    PaulA
    • In the Mac Gyver episode "The Enemy Within", Mac juryrigs a defibrillator out of two candlesticks, a floor mat, and an electrical power cord. The idea was not to reverse fibrillation, but to counteract some kind of magnetic field that was causing bubbles to form in the victim's blood... somehow. Whatever that meant, it worked.
  • January 7, 2012
    ladyofprocrastination
    The Mythbusters made one out of spatulas to test a defibrillator-related myth because noone was dumb enough to lend them a real one for fear they'd blow it up.
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