April 26th, 2007

A question about CIA offices

Okay.

Say I have a fictional character who's in a position more or less parallel to the Director of the CIA's, for the purpose of this inquiry. How would his doorplate at the office read?

LIKE:

Character name
Director of blah blah blah


And is that it? I know this is a really dumb question. :D I don't know if there's a norm for these things or not. A la lack of life experience.
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General Anaesthetic Procedures

The setting is Dallas in the mid 1990s at a level 2 trauma center.

The MC is an adolescent about to undergo surgery to repair damage done by several .45 caliber bullets. She was already intubated and had chest tubes put in. She's alert and aware of her surroundings, though of course she cannot talk (I already researched this possibility and it IS possible to be intubated and conscious).

I wanted to know more about the general anaesthetic procedure: what drugs they would use on her, given her current condition, and what possible complications might occur. Some of my research indicates that if she's already on mechanical ventilation they'd use a gas or a combination of a gas and one of the water soluble anaesthetics but when I looked up those medications, some of them were contraindicated for her situation. The description of the mechanical ventilation and the job the anaesthetist does were way beyond my layman's abilities to decipher. I also need to know what they'd be watching for post-op which would get her off the vent and have them extubate.

These were the links I looked at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_anaesthetic (and I read all of the associated links in the article, just to be certain)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaesthesiologist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanical_ventilationa
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/generalanesthesia/an079103.pdf
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anesthesia/SC00026
http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/anesthesia_general.jsp (this one was actually pretty good but I'm having trouble understanding exactly what it says)
http://health.howstuffworks.com/anesthesia2.htm (I couldn't understand this one either)

I did narrow it down to these possible medications:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propofol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiopentone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midazolam

However, I am still not entirely certain they're appropriate under the circumstances. I am also not certain, given that there's a decade difference between the present and the time the story takes place, whether or not the more dangerous and common anaesthetics would have already been retired (one article says they're no longer used, another says they're no longer the drug of choice for procedures). None of them explain how this is done with someone already intubated or on a ventilator or which method might be more preferable.

Modern Day England: Simple jobs

No offence is meant by the wording of this - i'm not sure what the correct phrasing would be.

I'm looking for jobs that could be done by people of low education, not necessarily low intelligence but "troubled" - some of them are rather child-like in their understanding of things. I know the pay wouldn't be great, it's meant to be a small amount of income as opposed to a living wage.

It would have to be something that could be done in the place, rather than travelling out, however I can adapt the place (for example, if it would need computers, or phones, that's fine).

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Hospitals in Seville, Spain

Hi, I need some help with the medical system in present day Spain.

I have a character who's going to be attacked and poisoned in Seville, Spain and I'm trying to find out what hospital he'd most likely be sent to for treatment. So far my searches have given me a couple of hospitals in Seville (Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio and Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena) but I haven't been able to find anything about their poison control/toxicology units.

Is it likely that someone poisoned with an unknown substance, sick for a prolonged period of time, would stay at one of these two hospitals, or is there another hospital in Spain that he would be transferred to for treatment?

Thanks :)