I'm Alice. I'm a University student by day, and a writer by night. I love telling stories, both with art and with words. I've been drawing for longer than I have been writing, but both have a special place in my heart.

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Description: I'm a medical student, and I complain too often about medical errors in books or on TV. So here I've gathered some common medical mistakes, hoping I might help clear up some things, and maybe teach you a thing or two. Feel free to ask questions any...

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The main difference is the *time* between cardiac arrest and restoration of the heartbeat. The big advantage of these internal devices is that there is close to no delay between the start of fibrillation and the defibrillation/normalisation. Therefore, the amount you spend without a functioning heart (and thus no oxygen in the brain) is minimal, I guess around a few seconds, a minute at most. That few won't usually result in brain damage. With external defibrillation (manual and AED), there's a significant time between the cardiac arrest and the arrival of help, which results in a longer time without oxygen and more damage.
      As for the jolting, I wouldn't know how much of a jolt they would have. I suppose it depends on the I don't even know whether they'll actually lose consciousness or not. I should probably look up real video footage of that.
      So it's perfectly possible that that footage you saw is correct.

Honestly, I thought that was common sense, that you have to remove the clothes. I don't think I've seen that done wrong on TV. But perhaps I'll add a note on that.
      And I'm not sure I am going to talk about those. They're not really prevalent in writing and TV, but if you have questions about these, I'll try to answer them as well as possible.

It depends on a lot of things. The speed and size of the bullet may play a role (don't know much about that), and the location. If it hits the spine, it'll likely get stuck, but it might damage the nerve canal. This one is entirely up to you.
      Digging it out is the worst possible thing you can do. Don't, please don't. I've got a later chapter devoted to this. It's like pulling out a knife or an arrow. The bullet might act as a clot on a large vessel and getting it out can cause massive bleeding and death within minutes or less. "We need to get the bullet out" kills people. On the other hand, people *can* survive with bullets in them. There's a risk on infection, but that risk is way higher if you start digging in a wound. If you get shot, just leave the bullet until help arrives.
      Her chances of survival depend on how soon medical help can arrive. If that happens soon, the survival rates of a gun shot in the abdomen can be as high as 80%. If later, it depends. If you want her to live, she certainly can. But do take into account several heavy surgeries and a long revalidation. She won't walk away without a scratch.
      A shot in the leg will rarely kill you, unless it gets infected and you don't have antibiotics for several days or weeks.
      I've already recommended this to someone else, but try googling for people who've been through the injury you want to describe. Gunshot wound survivors. They'll be able to tell you exactly what the consequences are of being shot in the abdomen.
      (but please don't have her dig the bullet out. Unless you want her to be a medical layperson who makes a stupid mistake.)