Covering my Bootay
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In the Past
Category Archives: Treatments
A question hit my inbox recently regarding cautery. If you’ve never heard the term before, cautery (aka cauterization) means the intentional burning or scarring of tissue as a means to: Stop blood loss and seal blood vessels Sever tissue (for … Continue reading
Posted in infection, Treatments, wounds Tagged amputation, burns, cauterization, trauma, wounds 17 Comments
Quicky: Medicinal Uses of Bees
Short post here (believe it or not). So I was talking to some writer friends today about the medicinal properties of honey. Yep, good old honey. Not the mostly-corn syrup crap they try to pass off as honey in the … Continue reading
Posted in Treatments Tagged Bees, First Aid (pre-modern), Honey Leave a comment
The Body Electric
Question came up in one of the writer’s chats I visit yesterday: What would happen if a major jolt of electricity passed through the brain? A major jolt passing through the brain wouldn’t be dissimilar to passing a major jolt … Continue reading
Posted in Treatments Tagged cardioversion, ECT, electrocution 1 Comment
If a character gets an overdose of pain meds, what will modern medicine do for him?
Pain medications are classified as narcotic or non-narcotic. There are numerous drugs in each class. Non-narcotic pain meds are often used for purposes other than just pain relief. There are also quite a few drugs out there used to help … Continue reading
Posted in Drugs, Treatments Tagged Drugs, Overdose Leave a comment