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    Post by theGentleman Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:18 pm

    I'm stuck doing a lot of admin classes right now, I need to keep the old grey matter sharp. (This is also the reason for the amount of free time I can dedicate to the forums.)
    Personal or DkS related.

    For instance, If somebody suffers a lightning bandit knife stab to the back, you would be dealing with both electrocution and laceration/penetration injuries.
    The foremost consideration for me upon assessing the patient would be the condition of the spinal column - too high a break and they may stop breathing. The electrocution damage is done and while still part of the assessment and treatment isn't something you have to 'stop' as much as the bleeding and immobilization of aforementioned spinal column.
    So, if the patient rises from being stabbed in the back, it is reasonable to rule out a spinal injury and assess for organ damage, next would be lungs or heart. Everybody gets a chest tube - period.
    After that it's mostly packing and sewing.
    The electrocution may result in permanent nerve damage and electrical burns which will be treated with a topical silver-impregnated antibiotic at both entry and exit locations. Debriding the wound will almost certainly be necessary.
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    Post by Maneater_Mildred Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:34 pm

    Lmao Bow
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    Post by Serious_Much Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:39 pm

    love it.

    are you actually a (going to be) doctor though? silly
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    Post by theGentleman Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:47 pm

    @ Serious_Much
    Yes, I am. Well, I am trying. Currently going through pre-med in WA state.
    Check out the Two Things You Didn't Know Thread.
    Dark Souls might be the reason I have to quit med school, however.

    As far as experience - I did two tours as a member of a surgical team in Afghanistan, so DkS-like injuries (burns, stabs, high falls, blunt impact, electrocution, etc) were actually common place.
    I refer to this reservoir of knowledge as being a "Trauma Monkey" as I never had to do the detective work and trial/error treatment of the Medical side of the house (guys who treat diseases and disorders).

    I'm not hearing any questions here, people . . . .
    Get any rashes that persist for more than 72hrs checked out by the nearest provider.
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    Post by befowler Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:48 pm

    As I learned from what may or may not have been a basic first aid course related to lifeguarding, the electrical exit wound is typically on one foot or the other due to the nature of grounding, and can actually be the most dangerous wound when it comes to electrical injury. Amputating both feet at the ankle is the only way to be sure.
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    Post by Maneater_Mildred Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:48 pm

    So i have this rash i hope you can help with.... Its on my face and is only bad after wearing my sack. Any advice?

    Lol didnt see your post about rashes till after i posted.
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    Post by theGentleman Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:54 pm

    @ befowler
    The exit wound from electrical injuries isn't necessarily the most severe, it's simply the most repulsive. The foremost concern is if the heart was in the path of conduction (ie, entry in left arm and exit in right arm). You may lose a few fingers from the exit wound but you won't come back from getting your heart explodinated. Also, amputation is my recommended treatment for just about everything.

    @Maneater_Mildred
    The rash is likely in an area of high contact with the burlap, simply pad that area of your face or the sack to alleviate skin irritation. This is of course after washing your sack in hypo-allergenic detergent to assure that it's not a histamine reaction.
    Besides washing your sack and padding your sack appropriately, I recommend reducing sack-to-face contact until symptoms disappear.
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    Post by Maneater_Mildred Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:00 pm

    After reading what you said to befowler, i thought you were gonna want to amputate my head to fix the problem lol
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    Post by theGentleman Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:01 pm

    It was a consideration, but I couldn't resist writing "sack" that many times.
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    Post by Maneater_Mildred Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:05 pm

    theGentleman wrote:It was a consideration, but I couldn't resist writing "sack" that many times.
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    Post by Serious_Much Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:06 pm

    interesting stuff, sounds like you've got a good lot of experience already.

    unfortunately I have no interesting or amusing ailments to share so I can't help you.
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    Post by Yarxov Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:23 pm

    If you get shot by a Dragonslayer arrow, what are your chances of survival?
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    Post by Serious_Much Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:23 pm

    Yarxov wrote:If you get shot by a Dragonslayer arrow, what are your chances of survival?

    somewhere between 50/50 if you aren't standing on a ledge.
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    Post by Yarxov Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:31 pm

    Even though the force manages to displace 80+ lbs at a range and blow a hole through you?
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    Post by Serious_Much Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:34 pm

    Yarxov wrote:Even though the force manages to displace 80+ lbs at a range and blow a hole through you?

    didn't you know? Internal organs are made on a production line these days, and flesh is easily sewn up and restored.

    Besides, a tad of estus and a few magic words will get you started on your way.
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    Post by Yarxov Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:34 pm

    Hmm very true.
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    Post by Carphil Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:35 pm

    Don't forget that black tiny sprite! Is better than coke!
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    Post by Yarxov Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:39 pm

    No way! I live for Coke. Life without coke is not life at all.
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    Post by User Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:40 pm

    Yarxov wrote:No way! I live for Coke. Life without coke is not life at all.

    1+ for you, comrade
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    Post by Serious_Much Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:40 pm

    Carphil wrote:Don't forget that black tiny sprite! Is better than coke!

    indeed, though it's much closer to yet another derivative of morphine, not advised for long term use.
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    Post by cdd1983 Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:54 pm

    so...I met this girl at a bar and one thing led to another and now it burns when I pee. Whatcha think? Can you help me?

    jk big grin
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    Post by Kyubi-Nick Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:54 pm

    No so long ago I found myself being mauled by several larger-than-me sledgehammers. The majority of my body is in extreme pain, with the exceptions of both of my left leg below the knee, my entire right leg, and my left hand, no of which will actually move or show any sort of response. I've been unable to actually move from my position for the past few days, and have been coughing and spitting out substantial amounts of blood daily.

    What would you recommended?
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    Post by Serious_Much Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:57 pm

    My Face seems to be drooping on the left side, and my arm is becoming numb and useless also..

    When I talk my speech has become slurred..

    any help? :|
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    Post by Maneater_Mildred Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:04 am

    Sorry the doctor is out. Nurse mildred is here to help though.... Please step this way to the meat locker... um i mean, this way to A&E.
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    Post by User Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:06 am

    ... Kinky. That's the only right thing to say.

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