June 28th, 2011


Chemical/acid burn healing process

googled: chemical burn healing process, chemical burn treatment process, acid burn treatment. Also looked at the "burns" tag.

Scenario: A character quickly reaches into a jar full of an alien acid(something similar to sulphuric?) to retrieve something that has fallen into it. He has to do this a second time a few minutes later with the same arm. His hand is completely submerged up to his elbow for about 5 seconds in each instance. For the sake of the story, I'm saying that this gave him a second-degree burn (since it's an alien acid, I can take a little liberty).

From what I gathered from university websites and the National Insitutes of Health, the initial treatment would be to flush his arm with water for 30 minutes, then wrap it gently with a dry sterile bandage and pop some painkillers. It mentioned specifically NOT using any kind of ointments at this point.

My character is able to pour about 3 canteen's worth of water on it before a bandage is applied. It can be flushed with water for a full thirty minutes about an hour later (if that would still help?)

My real question is, what would the day-to-day treatment look like after that? How often would he need to wash his arm with soap and water and change the bandage? Would he ever use any kind of antibiotic ointment on it? And how long would it take to heal enough that he would no longer need a bandage? (Important note: it's not his dominant hand.)

ETA: Question answered. Thank you all for your help! :)
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Care for someone with paraplegia, 1960s vs Today

I've got a modern ER doctor (from London, in case it makes a difference) who's briefly transported back to 1963. While she's there (then?) she meets a man who's recently become paraplegic. What, if anything, can she do to help him?

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Searched: this comm ('medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds' and 'medicine: injuries (misc)' tags) and Google (search terms: various combinations of paraplegia, 1960(s), treatment, history, spinal cord injury, physical therapy, physiotherapy, medication).

Thanks in advance for anything you can tell me!
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ANON POST: UK marriage banns, post-2000 Scotland

've read that in the UK there's a requirement for marriage called a "banns" which is required before a marriage can occur. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banns) points to the 1949 Marriage Act for more information re:UK practice, so I went to the UK legislation website to look it up.

It seems like the law only provides for Church of England marriages. This is a problem for me, since the characters in the story that I need this for are very definitely not CoE (lapsed Jewish, Ukrainian Orthodox).

So, keeping in mind that the story is set in Scotland, I did a google search ("marriage banns scotland") and found the General Register Office for Scotland, whose website seems to imply that if you aren't CoE you have to get a civil marriage.

So, here are the questions:

- what is a marriage banns and how does it work?
- what do non-CoE couples do?
- what do civil marriages entail?
- is there a banns requirement for a civil marriage?
- are "civil-union" banns required for same-sex couples?
- it seems like there is an exception of some sort on the marriage-banns-caused waiting period. how common is this exception and what are the pros/cons of getting it?

Thanks in advance!
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ANON POST: British woman with a Japanese handmaid during the Victorian era?

First off, let me just say that yes, I suck with history.

Now, my question: Is it possible for a British woman, during the Victorian era, to have a Japanese handmaid?

Background: I'm writing a novella where the main character, a British woman, has a Japanese handmaid as a servant and companion during the Victorian era. I was told that this idea is laughable, but never why. I understand that I'm not very good with history, so I fully accept the possibility that I'm coming up with something really stupid here, but I'm just curious.

Just to clarify: I don't mean if there was ever a time when EVERY British household had Japanese servants, I was just wondering if it's possible and plausible that a British woman could have a Japanese servant, especially if she has stayed in Japan briefly?

Thanks for all the help!