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Wound Wisdom: Lacerations, Incisions, Scrapes, and Bruises

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 Lacerations, Incisions, Scrapes and Bruises. For the rest of the Mangled Mondays series, [click here]. Lacerations, Incisions, Scrapes, and Bruises A great many of …

Wound Wisdom: Lacerations, Incisions, Scrapes, and Bruises

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 Lacerations, Incisions, Scrapes and Bruises. For the rest of the Mangled Mondays series, [click here]. Lacerations, Incisions, Scrapes, and Bruises A great many of …

NaNo question: what would be the effects of leaving stitches in long term, possibly for years? Or of using something a lot thicker than suture thread to make stitches? Would it require special care to work long term? (The characters were not being sewn up because of injury, if that makes a difference. There are magic system reasons why my characters would want to do this long term, but the magic isn’t relevant to the medical part.)

Hey there nonny! This is an interesting one.  So, first thing to know is that sutures get left in place all the time in the medical world. For example, when a surgeon opens the abdomen, the underlying muscle is sutured back together. Sutures can be dissolvable, but with muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, etc., it’s also common …

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, …

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 …

Say a character with a prosthetic leg wore the leg almost all the time, and didn’t take care of that area. Would bacteria and infection be likely?

It’s definitely possible! There are two major issues at play here: irritation and infection.  Stumps are particularly sensitive areas of skin, especially if it’s early in the healing process (i.e. the first few months after injury). The character’s stump could easily become irritated for a few reasons:  1) friction with the prosthesis  2) sweat buildup …

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 …