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Nano Prep question! My MC has a somewhat a large slash across his abdomen. The slash was made due to a knife fight. However, that slash isn’t deep enough to penetrate any internal organs. I am wondering if he would need stitches. If so, how long would it take until he needs to get them removed. Also, would there be a scar left?

Your character definitely needs stitches. They’ll likely scar, and they’ll stay in for 2-ish weeks.  For more info, check [my post on sutures!]  xoxo, Aunt Scripty [disclaimer]  from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2mXh7Y4

NaNo question: what would be the effects of leaving stitches in long term, possibly for years? Or of using something a lot thicker than suture thread to make stitches? Would it require special care to work long term? (The characters were not being sewn up because of injury, if that makes a difference. There are magic system reasons why my characters would want to do this long term, but the magic isn’t relevant to the medical part.)

Hey there nonny! This is an interesting one.  So, first thing to know is that sutures get left in place all the time in the medical world. For example, when a surgeon opens the abdomen, the underlying muscle is sutured back together. Sutures can be dissolvable, but with muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, etc., it’s also common …

Ok! Third time is the charm! For my Wrimo. Is there an scenario where it would be bad to apply CPR? Like a rib fracture or a spinal injury? Or the protocol is “try it unless you can’t?” Thank you so much!

Hey there nonny! Tumblr loves to eat asks. Some of the repeat are ones I recognize and just didn’t get to. This one I haven’t seen before. So thank you for your persistence!  CPR has a few contraindications, but none of the ones you’re thinking of. The medical ethics answer to “should we do CPR if …

Hey! Thanks so much for all you do.. my book is a sci-fi, and one aspect of it is an Injury Serum that heals wounds (like serious ones). I know the idea is rather unrealistic, so I want to make up for that by the, way it heals? It’s used several times, but the most important is to save my MC who gets shot in the abdomen at close range. So, my question is, is there an average length of time for an average abdomen gunshot wound to heal? (For scale?). Thanks again for all you do!! Lots of love!

Hey there!  This really depends, but I’ll give you sort of a ballpark estimate with the understanding that specific injuries can make this take Much Longer™ than I mention.  A typical admission after penetrating trauma to the abdomen would be about 7-10 days, but that’s partly (mostly) because once there’s any entry into the peritoneum, …

Nano question here! If a character is brought into the ER already unconscious (NOT sedated, just really messed up) and needs immediate surgery, when/how would they administer a sedative for the surgery? I imagine it would be pretty traumatizing for the patient if they woke up during surgery, but what would the medical team do if the patient is already unconscious?

Hey there nonny!  A trauma patient character who’s unconscious is either dying of shock or has significant head trauma. The answer to your question is really going to depend on which it is.  First, the ER’s job is to get a ballpark measure of what’s going on, stabilize the vitals and stop the bleeding, and …

nano q – one of my characters has their arm broken to the point where it needs to be amputated. what would the process of this be like, and how severe would the break have to be?

Hey there nonny! This really depends on setting – in a fantasy setting, for example, any open fracture (where the bone protrudes through the skin) should produce an amputation, and that may still be the same in austere environments here in the 21st century.  If your character has access to modern medicine, though, a limb …

Hi Aunt Scripty! I just wanted to say thank you for being a fabulous resource! This year’s NaNo has wound up being Beat the Shit Out of My Characters Month, so I’ve been referring to this blog like…once or twice a week? Three times? A lot. Your tags on concussions and hypothermia and the post about broken ribs have been especially helpful for me! (My characters are having a bad time.) I’m glad Mrs. Scripty is back! Thanks again for being awesome!

Awww, thank you so much! I’m glad she’s home too 🙂  I’m also stupendously glad that I can be helpful and that you’ve found so much use in the blog! This is exactly what I wanted when I started it.  Best of luck to you with your NaNo! The Beatings Will Continue Until the Story …

Nano question! Is there an opposite of hypothermia, and what are the symptoms of it?

Yes there is! Hyperthermia is the opposite of hypothermia, and can occur for a number of reasons:  Heatstroke  Medication reaction (”malignant hyperthermia”)  Drug overdose (stimulants – cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, Ecstasy/MDMA/Molly, etc.)  Thyroid storm  Symptoms are somewhat different depending on the cause, but the general idea is: the person gets hot, they sweat, their heart rate …

NaNo! If my characters vocal cords get messed up in a accident, and they went mute, is there any situation where they might be able to sing, even quietly?

I’m not a speech pathologist, but my guess is “no.” Trauma that eliminates the ability to speak should, in theory, totally prevent the character from singing.  Singing not only requires the same movements as speech, but it requires it in a more steady flow of air.  Good luck!  xoxo, Aunt Scripty [disclaimer] from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2z4z1cQ

One of my MC’s dies from getting stabbed through the heart and I would like to know how long it’d take him to die/how much blood there would be considering the location of the wound?

Instantly, and, possibly none at all.  The thing about penetrating trauma to the heart is that often, the bleeding is ALL internal. I have seen perfectly “clean” punctures to the heart that were bloodless on the outside and absolutely fatal, and I’ve seen it more than once. Both were stabbings.  Good luck with your story!  xoxo, …