Military and Medical Questions
I realize this is an old topic, but I am a 22 year paramedic with a background in flight, military and critical care, as well as EMS education and street level 911 care. I am happy to help "flesh out" ( pun intended) any medical questions.
--edited by croaker260 on 11/6/2013, 10:22 AM--
1. Depends on the air force in question. Minor injuries to essential body parts could end a career. If the pilot can perform at the required levels once healed from their injuries they can sustain serious damage and return to duty. In most democracies this is the case.
2, 3: Big, very big. Not really a medical expert but I suspect such an injury would incur more damage to the ribcage than anything else - potential for lung injuries and certainly rendering any modern pilot unable to fly (think G suits with a weakened rib cage). This piece would likely not lodge in instead cause blunt damage. Vehicles are giant pieces of shrapnel, very likely during combat for pieces to become impaled.
4. Basic physics tells us that humans reach terminal velocity at around 120mph, without the use of jump suits or glider suits of course. Terminal velocity means after that speed the falling object no longer accelerates. The force of gravity is equal to the force of friction from air. It takes about 1,000 feet of freefall for humans to reach this speed. All that to say, any height higher than 1,000 feet and the impact speed on the ground is the same.
Falling is a funny thing. Many have died falling less than 100 feet where others have survived falling a whopping 35,000. Research some of those stories and you might get an idea how to make your character's fall and survival plausible (word of caution, surviving a 35,000 foot fall seems implausible even in reality haha).
Hey Steve, Not sure if you are still active around here. If so, would you mind helping me out with medical emergency one of my minor characters is having?
In a nutshell, he dies, flatlines at the hospital and the docs/nurse have to go through the routine of what they would do in that situation - officially announcing his demise I uess ... I have no idea what the procedure would be, what they would do or say.
The setting just skimps over the guys demise, as it is kind of happening in the background as my main character descend upon him and consumes his soul.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.