lisbei (lisbei) wrote in little_details,
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What would be the after effects of a week-long coma?

My character has been in a car accident and I want him to be in a coma for at least a week. But what could cause the coma, and would it be better for the overall recovery if the coma was induced by the doctors who are treating him?

At first I wanted to have him be concussed and not treated immediately, but is that type of coma more likely to cause lasting after-effects (I don't want any, or at least the minimum)? At first I also wanted some kind of traumatic chest injury which would introduce defibrillation into the story, but I reconsidered, as the character is a singer, and I didn't want anything which affected lung capacity in the long run.

So, coma. Would he be on a respirator? What about naso-gastric intubation? Even though I'm writing an unrealistic premise (yes, the Flashforward crossover is still kicking my ass), I like the details to be realistic!

I have googled for: coma, aftereffects of week-long coma, and tubes in nose.


ETA. Thanks everyone, you've all been really helpful!
Tags: ~medicine: coma, ~medicine: injuries: head injuries
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