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Hi! i have a character who has several broken ribs, many deep cuts in his back, a severe burn on his chest, and just all over bruises, along with a degree of exhaustion. i know these things on their own probably wouldn’t warrant a hospital stay of longer than a night, but would it be longer for all of them together? would he still be released within a couple days if he was still in extreme pain from all this? also would he have to lie on his stomach if the wounds to his back were severe enough?

Hey there nonny! We haven’t talked overmuch about polytrauma on this blog, mostly because it’s a very complicated and there’s a lot of “it depends,” but let’s dive in to your scenario and see what’s the what.  It’s true that, with one exception, no one injury you describe would necessitate admission to the hospital for very …

How long is the average recovery time for thoracic blunt(/burn?) trauma? My character (a military officer) gets shot in the right part of the chest with a laser weapon and survives thanks to the in-universe equivalent of a bulletproof vest, and needs to survive but be pretty much out of commission for at least several weeks, but no longer than two months. Have I got this mostly right or should I choose another injury to maim my character with so they need a few weeks to recover?

Hey there nonny! Thanks for your ask.  Lasers as I understand them are beams of light, which has energy but EXTREMELY little mass. (Photons have a tiiiiiiny bit of mass, which is how solar sails work, but really not very much at all and you need kilometers of sail to move a 10-kg object, much …