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For nano: My character is an elderly man who falls in his (heated) garage. He’s found hours later by a volunteer firefighter who has some EMS training, but is alone & has no gear. The elderly man has pain in his hip (suspect broken). What is my firefighter’s course of action (after calling for backup)? What do the medics do when they get there? Does the elderly man’s hip have to be broken, or could the pain just be a bad bruise or something else?

Hey there! Thanks for your ask.  Last question first: the hip could be broken, bruised, dislocated, …. It really depends on what you want from the injury. A bruise is going to be the fastest to heal. A fracture might take months to heal.  As for what the volunteer firefighter will do…. they’re going to …

Wound Wisdom: Wound Care

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 Wound Care. For the rest of the Mangled Mondays series, [click here]. ]Wound care is, in and of itself, an enormous topic. There are …

Wound Wisdom: Wound Care

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 Wound Care. For the rest of the Mangled Mondays series, [click here]. ]Wound care is, in and of itself, an enormous topic. There are …

Hey Scripty, happy October – loving the blog you are doing many wonderful things. My Nano project is going to revolve around the recovery of a character who breaks his back and right femur in an aircraft crash (incomplete t-11, paraplegia and wheelchair dependency). Crash happens at an airshow so medics would be on hand; my question is what would the extraction from the wreckage of the aircraft look like, the period between the crash and getting the chara in the chopper?

Ooooooooooooooooffff. Recovering people from an airplane crash is not my forte; my people would only go to work after @scriptfirefighter ‘s kin put out the flaming wreckage and manage scene safety.  The first piece is making it safe – making sure nothing is going to go boom or set the crew on fire.  The second challenge …

(nano prep question) My character is drugged by the antagonist using a sedative just before being rescued by his friends. They don’t know what drug he was given, and they can’t take him to a hospital. Is there anything they should be doing to take care of him themselves until the sedative wears off?

Hey there nonny!  Your character will generally be okay after a sedative. They can even be woken up a little bit with pinching in painful places.  The two biggest things for his friends to do are to keep him on his side (so that if he vomits he doesn’t choke), and to watch his breathing. …

Hi Aunt Scripty! So, I have a character who acts as a vigilante/superhero of sorts. She does have some superpowers but she doesn’t have any kind of advanced healing factor or anything. She obviously doesn’t want to raise suspicion by going to the hospital or doctor everytime a badguy hurts her so she does her best to patch up any injuries herself. What kind things could she use at home to treat open (sometimes deep) wounds and other than infections what sort of complications could occur? Thanks!

Your character would want to have the following on hand:  Iodine/povidone solution (medslang: Betadine)  Bandages of all shapes, sizes  Suture kit (curved needle and fishing line if she can’t get the real stuff)  More bandages and dressings  Knuckle bandages  Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Complications are really mostly infections if we’re talking cuts and scrapes type stuff. Really …