February 6th, 2007

Post-surgery, present day

Time: Roughly present day -- very, very near future
Place: U.S. (Johns Hopkins Hospital, if that makes a difference)

Searches tried: various ("surgery," "post-surgery," "unconscious after surgery," "surgery + knife wound," etc.). Also looked through the little_details archives and tried a few medical-info sites suggested.

Any medical professionals out there? I'm trying to set a scene in a hospital and fear that I'm leaving out something important. Main character, stabbed in the back, falls unconscious before reaching the hospital and wakes up post-surgery. How long could she be out without seriously worrying the doctors but yet still frightening her parents? Two days? Three? How long would she probably need to remain in the hospital to recover? (The knife wound was the worst injury, but she also has an elbow fractured in two places.)

Does she wake up in the ICU? Would she be in a one-patient room, with a nurse hovering, or would she be alone with her family? By the end of her stay, where would she be, and would she share her room with other patients?

Also: When she wakes, would she have any or all of the following in her, as listed on a site about brain surgery:

--IVs for drugs and fluids
--A line into an artery in her wrist or ankle for taking blood samples and accurately measuring blood pressure
--A drain coming out of her wound (connected to bags or bottles) to drain blood and tissue fluid from the operation site
--A tube into her bladder (catheter) so that her urine output can be measured
--A tube down her nose into her stomach to stop her from being sick

If so, could these come out pretty quickly once she's conscious?

Thanks to anyone who could shed some light on a situation that is (thank goodness, I suppose) a complete mystery to me.