Removing a knife from a stab wound safely

Setting: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, present-day.
Research: Googled 'Removing knife from a wound' and checked the archives here. Unfortunately, all of the first aid, while helpful, states something along the lines of "Do not try to remove the knife yourself; let a medic do it."

Character A shows up on Character B's doorstep, bleeding from multiple injuries and has a knife impaled in his forearm. He refuses to let B call 911, but instead tells her to call C, a nurse who usually patches him up. (Not really trying to hide the fandom here, lol.)

1) How does C get the knife out of the wound safely? Or as safely as possible, since getting A to a hospital is out of the question. And what are emergency first aid steps leading up to, and after the removal?
2) The knife has missed the main arteries, though I'm not sure if this is something C will be able to tell, just from looking at the knife in the wound. Is there any way that she can know, short of taking out the knife and hoping that nothing spurts?

(C has been giving B info on how to look after the other injuries as far as 'pressure, no tourniquet' and other info I've gotten off of Google. It's specifically removing the knife that has me stumped.)

Tearing an artery barehanded


I’m writing a fight scene in which the protagonist, after wounding —but not killing— an enemy in the neck with a sharp stick, comes to a close position to him, put his fingers inside the wound a tear an artery with his nails.

I read several articles about this topic (with the keywords rip, tear, throat, wound, nails, barehand), and is always a no. But the question is: can be possible IF there is a previous wound in the neck?

Thanks in advance; and please excuse my poor English.

Best regards,

[ANON POST] Birthdate of Christian August von Brockdorff / Brockdorff Family Tree

Time/place: Prussia, early(ish) 1700s (about?)

Hi guys! So, I need some help in my attempts to research an actual historical person for a RPF/historical fiction story. The person in question is Christian August von Brockdorff (chamberlain and favorite of Peter III of Russia, received the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky in 1761…).

What I’m actually trying to find out is (approximately) when he was born. There’s very little information on this person in general (due to little historical significance) but given that he is meant to feature prominently among the cast for this story (mainly due to him being an intimate of Peter III) I’d like to get a decent estimate of how old he would be at certain times, and for that I’d need a(n approximate) birthdate.

(I earlier saw an estimate of “circa 1730” in a secondary source, but recently I’ve started to doubt the accuracy of this, especially since that estimate seems to have been removed from the page.)

In the course of my research for this story, I’ve gone through a fairly extensive research process, focused on Peter III and some of the members of his inner circle. But none of the primary or secondary sources I’ve seen give enough info to be able to deduce a birthdate or give estimates. (In fact, it is sometimes hard to tell whether they are talking about this Brockdorff, his father or someone else with the same last name). More pointedly, I’ve tried to go about this by searching for a family tree of some sort for the family (I figured since the Brockdorffs were a noble family there might be some public information…) but I’ve come up short. However, I’m also complete rubbish when it comes to genealogy research. (Not knowing German doesn’t help…) (Via google I’ve tried “[von] Brockdoff + family tree,” “[von] Brockdoff + genealogy,” a couple of synonyms to those and similar searches in Russian, as well as trying to piggyback off of the “Brockdorff (Adelsgeschlecht)” wiki article sources/bib, but again, since I don’t know German, this rout isn’t very fruitful.)

If anyone has any ideas for resources I could look to or anything else where I could potentially find some information, please do share :)

[ANON POST] Coming of Age and Manners in Joseon-Era Korea

Setting: fantasy world in a land loosely based on the Joseon period of Korea

At what point did girls learn to be women so to speak? The situation is I have an orphan girl who I want to have been wandering around/being a street rat for about two years before she meets the protagonist, and I want her to sort of have a lack of manners/propriety/shame etc. around other people, in particular men, as she doesn't understand how females are supposed to act around men and such. So basically, at what point would female children have ceased just being "children" and had to learn "girl stuff" for approaching adulthood?

I would even be happy to know answers from a general Middle Ages perspective, like European even. Anything to start with.

Searched: girls in the Joseon, growing up in the Joseon, girls in the middle ages, etc. I get way too many Kdrama results when I search Joseon. =/

Followup Post to Being Tossed Off a Cliff: Back Injuries and Bedriddenness

Hey hey, folks!

A follow-up to this post here (which you lovely people gave lovely answers to!) - turns out she hit a spur (that broke her ribs), bounced, landed on back and broke her arms and something in her back, and possibly hairline skull fracture.

Now I have more questions :D

1) I don't want her to be paralyzed - what can/'t she break? AFAICT, cracking the bone without doing great damage to the spinal cord will achieve this, but am I right about that? (PS: this is so helpful that I'll leave it here for you guys.)

1b) Lasting injury/some difficulty walking or moving are okay. Not total/partial paralysis - I need her hopping about and making plotty mistakes later in-book.

2) she's been moved (and not gently, but well.) to a safe place where she can heal. if broken bone is a non-issue, how long would spinal cord damage (?) (or whatever) take to heal up? Am I still looking at 6-10wk?

2b) how long of that does she have to be immobile, and how immobile does she have to be?

2c) Phys therapy? Limits of movement?

2d) here's a link about bone formation because it's cool.

3) I still have the question (a la above original post) about being bedridden and not being able to get up and go to the bathroom. That's going to bother her from a dignity/grossness standpoint. Any experience here, from either the "I had to go through that" or from the "I have to take care of people going through that" side?

4) A LATE ADDITION JUST-BEFORE-I-POST QUESTION: I suppose that hairline skull fracture would prolly end up in a concussion? Yes likely or ne? if so - concussion stories?

Thanks again, you guys! :D

Jail Time to Order/Accessory to Simple Kidnapping

Setting: Modern day USA. So far the story only implies that it's an east coast state, nothing more. But for the sake or argument it could be Florida or Georgia.

I've googled Minimum Sentence for Accessory to Abduction, Minimum Sentence for Accessory to Simple Kidnapping, and Accessory to Second Degree Simple Kidnapping and mostly got results for laws and sentences for kidnapping and various degrees of kidnapping. Also one that gave minimum sentences for various crimes (this one: - nothing for abduction or accessory). But even assuming the sentences and charges could be the same, I'm still not finding answers to the specific situation a character I'm writing is in.

Character A sets Character B (who is over 21) up to be abducted. Those who abduct Character B have no weapons and in no way assault Character B. They only take Character B from one point to another and keep Character B there for a few hours.

When Character A feels guilty for putting Character B through that soon after, he goes to the police and confesses to being an accessory and gives the names of those who actually abducted Character B. Also, this would be the first crime Character A would be jailed for since a misdemeanor assault twenty years earlier.

What I'm wondering is if between:
1.) Character A's confession
2.) Him not having been present when the abduction took place
3.) The fact he gives up those who actually performed the abduction (and who are guilty of only Second Degree Simple Kidnapping and nothing more severe)

Could he be out of jail in six months or less? And if not, what would I need to change so that he could be out within a year at the most?

Early 20th Century Catholic and Jewish Questions

I'm writing about two men from New York, starting in the Great Depression and WWII, and ending in the 21st century, and I'm trying to develop some background for them to use across two separate stories, possibly even more.

One man is the first-generation American child of Irish immigrants, and Catholic. The other man's mother is a Romanian Jew who'd immigrated at some point vaguely around WWI, while his father is a Catholic whose family has been in America for generations. As you can imagine, this marriage was controversial for that time period, and that plays a part on the young man's life (in one story, he was always Jewish; in another story, he was Catholic for most of his life but became Jewish as a young adult). Both men are from New York, seeing themselves as Brooklyn boys first and foremost, and the bulk of the questions are related to the 1920's-1940's, but the story is partially/mostly set in the 21st century.

In case that last line didn't make it obvious, this is MCU fandom. The Catholic-Jewish man is Bucky Barnes, and the Irish-Catholic man is Steve Rogers.

Since there are walls of text behind the cut, my questions are about:

1.) Interfaith ritual participation
2.) Anti-Catholic vs Anti-Irish sentiments
3.) Burials
4.) Dog tags
5.) Wedding traditions
6.) Language (Irish dialects)
7.) Schools
8.) Living arrangements

I have done a lot of searches and attempted research on all of these. My questions here are for situations where I either couldn't find specific answers, I found conflicting information, or I'm unsure of where to start/how to look.

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[ANON POST] Police Procedure Regarding Aggravated Assault, New Jersey

Setting: New Jersey, USA
Era: 2003/2004
Search terms used: Assault procedure new jersey, new jersey police procedure, new jersey police procedure in aggravated assault case

In my story a young woman has been assaulted by a guy she was seeing. The relationship had become controling and she began to feel unsafe around him. On the night she breaks up with him he beats her, leaving her with a broken nose, black eye, cuts and bruises.

At first she is reluctant to call the police but a friend talks her into it. My question is, what happens next?

Would she have to go to a police station or would they come to her house?

Would she have to go to hospital or would they have a doctor of their own who would see her at the station?

Once she's made a statement, what would happen next? If it makes a difference, it turns out he did something similar in another state but skipped bail. From my googling I think once they'd arrested him he wouldn't be allowed to post bail and he'd be sent to prison to await trial. How long would that take?

Any suggested search terms i could try? The ones I've used above helpfully tell me how long he'd be looking to spend in jail but all the links that come up are lawyers offering their services when you're being charged with aggravated assault, I'm more interested in what will happen to my main character.

Thanks in advance.