Tag Archives: gunshot wounds

NaNo prep! I searched through your tags first, but couldn’t find anything specific enough. I’ve got a character who is shot in the chest. Punctures a lung and clips the very edge of his heart. I have some magical healing stuff that will take care of the heart pretty quickly, but how long would it take to die from this if there was no magic healing involved? (1/2)

(2/2 – shot in chest with clipped heart and punctured lung) (I want to know how long I can delay help, basically, since help needs to be convinced. Preferably a minute or 2, but if that’s not plausible, what could be?) And would he be conscious at all? Hey there nonny! You can get away …

In response to your latest Mangled Mondays post, I was wondering if a bullet wound is counted in with the ones you close or the ones you don’t? Thank you for all your NaNo help! xx

Hey there! For those unsure of the reference, it’s talking about [this post].  The answer is that most gunshot wounds – at least handgun wounds – make VERY small entrance wounds (exits can be enormous, especially with rifle wounds). However, the surgery to correct or explore the wound is likely to cause a bigger incision, …

NaNo preppings <3 This is a bit of a 'you break it you bought it' post but I'd like to base it on realism. Can a human survive a shot to the head with a hand gun? I wanted to write a character with inhuman regenerative abilities who gets shot in the head and the injury regenerates over several hours, but only if it's possible to survive being shot in the head. Would a hospital use surgery on a gunshot wound to the head or simply leave a bullet in the skull?

So here’s the stats. If a bullet enters the cranial vault, and enters brain matter, there’s a 95% chance the character will die. That chance goes up if the bullet goes from one hemisphere (side) of the brain through the other.  Which means about 1 in 20 people shot in the head will live. They may …

hi scripty! so my main character was kidnapped + before she escaped, she was choked, punched in the face, pushed down a flight of stairs + shot in the stomach. right now i have her in ICU bc of hypovolemic shock but to make things really interesting + emotional, i need her to be unconscious/otherwise unresponsive for like 1.5 days. i liked the idea of sedation w propofol, espec bc at one point her bp/heart rate drop suddenly and they fear she wont make it + i believe i read somewhere (1)

(2) propofol can do that? i probably sound really dumb but i just want to make this is as realistic as possible so i wanted to ask you. she didn’t hit her head when she fell so no concussion. i know this is fiction but i just want to know if this is reasonable/logical/possible, i …

How much protection would a bulletproof vest offer from someone shooting from the roof of a nearby building? Would the ribs still potentially crack, or would there be mostly just bruising instead? Thank you for running this blog!!

Hey there nonny! This question is best answered by @howtofightwrite .  However, I’ll give you my take on it.  Keep in mind that these are my best guest and I am not a Gun Person by any stretch of the imagination. Ballistics vs Vests: Physics There are little guns (i.e. low-powered) and there are big …

My character suffers from (among other things) hemiparesis as a result of spinal cord damage. At the moment the cause of the damage is a gunshot wound, but how plausible is that? And if it’s entirely improbable, what sort of injury might cause that type of spinal cord damage or just the hemiparesis? The injury occurred five years before the story begins and she’s received plenty of medical care in that time.

The answer you’re looking for is yes, this is wholly probable, and I’m happy that I can give it!  The spinal cord lesion you’re looking for is a particular type of incomplete spinal cord injury, or iSCI, called Brown-Séquard Syndrome. It can definitely be caused by a gunshot wound.  In Brown-Sequard, you lose two things: …

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 …