May 29th, 2012

Understanding Complications of Blood Loss

I've been researching the complications of blood loss (using both "blood loss" and "hypovolemia" as search terms) and trying to gain a better understanding of what complications can develop. Unfortunately, most sites are either very generalized, or are obviously articles intended for those with actual medical training, for which I have a difficult time following the jargon.

I'm hoping someone here might be able to help me understand things better.

What I've learned, what I still don't understand, and what I need for my plot. And sorry, I got really wordy.Collapse )

Moderate intellectual disability — practical implications

My WIP has a scene with a character who is moderately intellectually impaired, by which I mean: she is functionally illiterate, but she can handle a job requiring unskilled labor (possibly in a workshop environment); she can’t live entirely by herself, but she doesn’t need one-on-one supervision, either. She has no other disabilities worth noting.

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Gantry Park and the 'Long Island Gantry'

Dear All,

Does anyone know whether or not the general public is able to access the gantries in Gantry Park in NYC? I'm specifically wondering if it's possible for people to walk up the stairs to the inside of the gantries, particularly the one that says 'Long Island' on the front in big, red letters.

Thanks in advance,


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US Marshal service; fraternization

Time/Place: US, 2000 - present day

Does the US Marshal service have any direct policy about fraternization?

I have an anecdotal source that says 'no', but I'd like something a little more concrete if possible. Any direct sources on the net would be awesome. (note: non-US citizen on a limited budget, so hard copy books are out unless it's exactly what I need)

From what (little) I know about US police deparments, romantic relationships between officers of equal standing or in different departments is allowed; however, between an officer and someone in their direct chain of command is a big 'hell, no'. I thought it might be the same with USMS?

situation: Two US marshals in the same team become romantically involved, eventually leading to marriage. They've been partners with an outstanding track record for several years before their involvement, and both dated other people during that time (one had a serious relationship that nearly became marriage). Their immediate supervisor thinks it's great (and has paternal feelings toward them both), and would back them to the hilt. One of the partners is very, very well connected within the USMS, if it helps.

1) since they are partners and therefore equals, would they simply have to prove that their romantic relationship doesn't affect their work together? ie keep the knowledge strictly to immediate family and the 'work family', and make sure they behave in a professional manner in the office for several months before going 'public'?

1a) or would they be able to remain on the same team, but would need to change work-partners to different members of the team?

2) if their romantic relationship began after one was promoted to office supervisor, one of them would have to transfer to another department of the USMS in that city, correct? (ie from Fugitive Operations to Judicial Security) Or another city's verson of their department? (ie from a regional FO task force to a district FO task force)

3) would any of these answers change if they were legally married, as opposed to co-habitating and openly stating they're partners off the job as well?

searched: the US Marshals official website (I'm guessing that these sort of policies would only appear on an employee intranet?), to no avail. I googled 'us marshal+fraternization' and found a place with the military regs (which are confusing as hell), and some articles about various police departments, but nothing for the USMS.

It's for a fanfic, so I can hand-wave if it I absolutely have to, but I'd much rather be accurate as possible.