How to Use a Defibrillator (AED)

When someone suffers cardiac arrest, you have to act fast

When someone suffers cardiac arrest, you have to act fast. An AED, automatic external defibrillator, is an essential lifesaving tool to restore the heart's rhythm. If you can restart the heart, you can save a life.


1: Locate the AED and appoint someone to call 911 immediately.

2: Check the person for breathing.

3: Apply defibrillator as illustrated on the actual pads. You may have to move the person's garments, such as a bra.

4: Turn on the device. Listen to instructions. The device will check for a pulse.

5: Deliver the charge.

This Teen Used Juice You Probably Have in Your Fridge to Invent Low-Cost Stitches That Detect Infection

Dasia Taylor's sutures can be life-changing for people in developing countries.

High school senior Dasia Taylor knew she wanted a career in the medical field, but she wanted to take her passion to the next level. During some research with her chemistry teacher at Iowa City West High School, she realized there was a way to make stitches with a natural indicator that changes color if the person's wound is infected. What was the natural material she used?

Beet juice!

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