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Jane asked: Hi! I have a question about more generalized injury-plot window dressing. I’m…

Jane asked: Hi! I have a question about more generalized injury-plot window dressing. I’m trying to figure out how much agency/functionality an injured person might have depending on their pain levels. I read a lot in stories about people blacking out from pain, or drifting in and out of consciousness following an injury. I know pain makes …

Nano question here! If a character is brought into the ER already unconscious (NOT sedated, just really messed up) and needs immediate surgery, when/how would they administer a sedative for the surgery? I imagine it would be pretty traumatizing for the patient if they woke up during surgery, but what would the medical team do if the patient is already unconscious?

Hey there nonny!  A trauma patient character who’s unconscious is either dying of shock or has significant head trauma. The answer to your question is really going to depend on which it is.  First, the ER’s job is to get a ballpark measure of what’s going on, stabilize the vitals and stop the bleeding, and …

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. …