Tag Archives: trauma

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 …

Injury Profiles: Concussion

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 Concussions. For the rest of the Mangled Mondays series, [click here]. Lethality Index 1 – nonlethal unless this is a misdiagnosis of a more …

Hi! NaNoPrep here! I have a character that can control bones (think telekinesis but with bones only). But I’m not sure what would happen if someone’s bones (let’s say the arm) move in a way they do not want to? For example, grabbing something with their arm. Would the muscles just follow the bone or would there be injuries?

Hey there! This is a really interesting power to think about, and I think it could be so very destructive.  Muscles are connected to other bones by ligaments, little threads of fibrous tissue that sort of keep the skeleton together.  But muscles – all muscles, that I know of – are anchored to bones, too. …

Hi, I have a question, if you don’t mind. I have a character who takes a bad beating (which causes some broken ribs, and some other damage if needed) and in the end she’s stabbed in a side, losing quite a lot of blood. She’s also slighlty anemic and underfed, she has been for years, which I guess could make the recovery slower? What damage would it take for her to be kept in the hospital for a week/10 days, and asleep for the first 2/3 days? I hope this isn’t too specific. Thanks!

Hey there nonny! Thanks for the question!  Honestly, I think breaking a few ribs and a stab wound in the abdomen (or side of the abdomen) is enough to keep her in the hospital for a week to ten days, especially if she’s malnourished.  First off, any abdominal stabbing or shooting is going to end …

Hi, Aunt Scripty, i have a question. I don’t know how to word it properly, but what are the possible injuries for a person who’s been run over (or, as google translate says, trampled??) by a large group of people? The crowd suddenly panicks and everyone starts running in one direction and the character is standing in the crowd talking to one of them? Thanks for doing such a great job on this blog! 💕

Hey there nonny! Trampling is indeed the right word 🙂 Thanks for your ask!  Trampling injuries are almost exclusively blunt trauma from characters getting stepped on.  Typically, when someone is knocked down during a panicked rush like that, they’ll do one of two things: try (and fail) to get back up, or curl up into …