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Injury Profiles: Ruptured Eardrum

Happy New Year and welcome back to Mangled Mondays, where every Monday we talk about another facet of maiming, mangling, mauling, and mistreating your main characters — and all of their friends.  Today we’ll be talking about Ruptured Eardrums. For the rest of the Mangled Mondays series, [click here]. Ruptured Eardrum Lethality Index 1 What Is It? A …

I have a NaNo Prep question about close-range blast trauma! Scenario: The small explosive is hidden on a relatively small boat (a gondola) and detonates with two people inside. It’s important that both characters survive the blast without mutilation. Questions: What would happen right after the bomb detonates? Would them being in the middle of the water influence the event? is it even plausible that they’d escape without serious wounds if they were so close to the blast? Thanks much!

Hey there @studiozealot. Thanks for your ask!  I’m going to suggest you change your story event in some way, and I’m going to tell you why.  Even if it’s technically possible for two people to be that close to an explosion and not suffer any wounds – it may be, but it would have to …

Hi there! First, I wanted to say thank you so much for this amazing blog and for helping writers with advice! I’m so glad I found you! Now for my question. I’m writing about a character who is in the building at the same time as the bomb explodes. What type of injuries he might have? Concussion? Injuries from projectile glass and pieces of whatever? I want him to still survive this, so how long (approximately) would the recovery be? Thank you so much for your help!

Oh jeeze. This could be absolutely anything. There are four kinds of blast trauma.  Primary blast trauma comes from the pressure wave. This includes damage to the eardrums (tympanic rupture) and lungs (blast lung).  Secondary blast trauma is from the shrapnel from the blast. This can include a whole lot of things depending on how …