November 19th, 2008

odd enthusiasms
  • sonacry

Hospital Policies (and Coma Patients!)

I'm not sure exactly what to search for here, so I'm hoping someone else knows more about hospital policies than I do.

Let's say a patient has been in a coma (about a 9 or 10 on the Glasgow scale, if that helps) for three days. Their condition is stable: they were in a car accident, but the life-threatening injuries are mostly patched up for now, etc. How long would they stay in the Intensive Care Unit? Do coma patients automatically remain there until they wake up/proceed to a vegetative state?

If the answer to the above question is ordinarily yes, what if the patient's police partner is also in the hospital, but not in the ICU. If the partner is a big enough pain in the arse, and the coma patient is still stable, is there any likelihood that the partner could convince someone to move the coma-patient partner into the same room?

One last question, and this is more general. Are hospital rooms generally supposed to contain occupants of the same sex? My experience is usually "yes," but that may just be coincidence. I suppose I could squirm my way around these rules--one of my characters is fairly powerful--but I'd like to stay as realistic as possible.

Fallen Angel

Multiple Identities

I have two characters (possibly three) who need to keep false identities going at almost all times in the story I'm writing, but I don't know the first thing about the process, or the resulting dissociative orders that are likely to occur.

Googled: Witness Protection Program, Maintaining False Identity, Creating a false identity

(Can you tell my Googling skills are less than awesome?)

More than anything, I'm interested not so much in the actual creation process involved, as the process of maintaining the second identity and not "breaking character," as well as the psychological effects of maintaining multiple personas for many years. I found a few references to the dissosiative orders that secret agents suffer, but nothing particularly enlightening.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Regency Period

It is the Napoleonic Era. The Regency Period in England.

Napoleon escapes from Elba.

What sort of stocks/shares/trade might someone from the landed gentry have which would decrease in value massively because of Napoleon's escape?

I'm thinking foreign trade, or shares in the army or something. Am I totally off the beam? I have no idea where to go with this and my novel falls apart without it...