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Hi! I’ve got an unlucky NaNo character who gets stabbed through the left hand and then through the right shoulder. The knives are taken out almost immediately. Would there be enough blood loss for this person to pass out within 30 minutes or so, if the wounds aren’t bound up/otherwise treated?

Hey there nonny!  This really depends on where they were stabbed and what got nicked. People have a habit of defining “shoulder” as everything from “under the clavicle in the front” to “the upper arm on the outside” to “the shoulderblade in the back.”  In general, yeah, I would absolutely believe this person passing out within 30 minutes (and, …

I have a character In my book that loses about 1 1/2 pints of blood. What would he act like after that blood loss?

Well, let’s see. A typical blood donation is about 500mL, whereas 1.5pts of blood is 710mL. So let’s call this a BIG blood donation.  After that, he would be:  Dizzy  Tired Maybe a bit short of breath  Would likely have a rapid pulse Might have trouble breathing or at least feel like he can’t quite …

A guy falls from an unspecified distance, far enough to kill him. What is the minimum distance for someone to fall and die if they don’t hit their head and suffer brain injury? He doesn’t die instantly but lives a minute or two, so presumably is bleeding internally from a major vessel?

Hey there nonny!  Lots of ways to die from a fall that aren’t head injury. Minimum would be one story if the fall broke their neck. Five stories is an almost guaranteed death.  I have seen forty-story fall victims. It was… not pretty.  Causes of death from falling might include:  Bleeding out from multiple bone …