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Lightly Seared, Blue Paladin

They should’ve known it was a trap the second the paladins landed on the planet. A strange distress signal was sent out a few hours earlier from a planet devoid of life. That should have been the first warning bell, but being the saviors of the universe, they had to check it out.

Nobody really had any qualms about it until the communication system shut down and they landed. There was a giant cave that protruded from the barren ground and the paladins had landed to discuss going in it or not. That was when they realized it was a trap.

Lasers shot at them from inside the cave once everyone was out of their lion. Shiro cursed loudly, “Everyone back to their lion!” However, not everyone could do that. The Galra had cut Pidge, Hunk, and Lance off from their lions.

Hunk and Pidge had thankfully landed next to each other so Hunk easily got rid of the Galra for the two. Where Lance had a bit more difficulty, especially when the Galra closed in on him.

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anonymous asked:

Hi, sorry to disturb but is it possible for a character to have their fingerprints burned off in an accident? And if that accident happened a long time ago, will their fingerprints still be missing if he happened to be burned?

I’m sorry but I made a mistake in the ask for burned fingerprints, I meant to ask that if he died, will my character still be unidentifiable? 

Hey Nonnie,

Burns can be from heat, but also strong acids or bases chemicals, or even from physical abrasions. On a short term basis, you can flatten your fingerprints temporarily, ie with sandpaper, or from bricklaying, or superficial/first degree burns. However those prints will grow back in the same pattern. 

Only a deep burn, say 2nd or 3rd degree burn will damage your skin enough to permanently remove your fingerprint. Second degree burns affect the epidermis (upper skin layer) and some of the dermis (the lower skin layer) while third degree burn is a full thickness burn that go through the dermis into deeper tissues below. The thing about these kinds of damage though is that they might leave behind unique scar tissues, and that itself might even be more identifiable than just fingerprints. Also beware that this kind of burns might mean lose of sensitivity and dexterity in the fingers themselves

Here is a picture from Wikipedia that is not too graphic.

On another note, here is an article about a chemotherapy patient that ended up losing his fingerprints due to the drug (capecitabine, brand name Xeloda). 

As for the identification part, if fingerprints are not viable, there is always DNA and dental records. Or they might look at missing persons cases to see if they can identify the John Doe.

Here is a good resource on fingerprints for those that want some extra reading material.

PS. Sherls has a fun story on how a chem lab had burned off her fingerprints just before a fingerprinting lab, causing much confusion :3

rebbykins  asked:

Read that you burned yourself lastnight and I hope you're okay! What did they say/do at the ER?

So the good news is that for a second degree burn I don’y appear to have nerve damage.  Which also means it hurts like BIIIIIITCH.

But I went, they gave me a shot of something in the arm to numb it up, and told me that I needed to keep this one dry because moisture will probably make it blister.  In the mean time, Ice Packs and once it stops burning I can start putting hydrocortisone on it/bandaging it.

I was told EXPLICITY to not put anything like honey/coconut oil/essential oils on it because 1. any mositure right now increases the risk of blistering and 2. “anything that you can eat is great bacteria fodder if you do get blisters, and then you get REALLY nasty infections.”

(Some of those things can help relive minor sunburns/mosquito bites but should absolutely NOT get put on anything more severe)

So thank you everyone for all the well-wishes and Advice, I’m feeling much better today and it already looks better!

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Colour-changing burns bandages begin clinical trials

Bandages that change colour and glow when a wound gets infected could be manufactured as early as 2017 if clinical trials go well. 

The bandages, developed at the University of Bath, are being tested with patient samples from four UK hospitals to statistically determine how effective they are. 

Sadly burns often have symptoms of infection but actual infection is much rarer. At the moment infection diagnosis takes up to two days and requires removing dressings, a painful and upsetting process for burns patients which can slow healing and cause scarring. Antibiotics are also prescribed as a precaution while the tests are conducted.

Colour-changing bandages would give an early-warning that real infection is taking hold, meaning medics could provide better and quicker treatment. 

The bandage contains gel in tiny capsules. When infection-causing bacteria are present the capsules dissolve and release the gel which then fluoresces bright yellowy-green, alerting patients and medics to the problem. 

If they do make it onto wards the bandages would not only improve treatment but save money through cutting down on the cost of tests and drug prescriptions. They would also help tackle the threat of drug-resistant bacteria because there wouldn’t be a need to prescribe as many antibiotics as a precaution. 


Images: University of Bath

hostilepeach  asked:

House fire. Two victims. First is a mom with cuts on her arms. Second is teenage daughter with cuts on her hands. Daughter says that they cut themselves making dinner then dinner caught fire. Will the hospital believe her? (she’s lying. Mom tried to kill herself with knifes then a lighter when the daughter stepped in)

Hey there! Thanks for your ask! 

There are a few factors at play here, but the answer is that ER staff are very familiar with what self-harm cuts look like. Cuts on the palmar side of the wrist are really very specific cuts; it’s a very difficult injury to come by unintentionally, and defensive wounds tend to be on the outside portion of the arms, not the inside portion. So the self-harm wounds are very likely to be noticed. 

Once mom’s story is in question, they’ll ask a lot more questions of the daughter’s hand wounds. As a provider, I might believe it if one person had cuts coming out of a house fire, but two? Those are likely to be related, violence is a very strong possibility, and I need to know not only for the victims’ sake but for mine, since disputes between family can get violent and involve providers very rapidly. 

The mom’s behavior  will also be a big factor in what providers think happened. If she’s silent and sullen, or extremely anxious and selfconscious about her injuries, it’s more “suspicious” than if she’s more concerned about her daughter / the fire / her stuff / her home. 

As for the daughter’s injuries, cuts on the hands aren’t totally out of line for escaping a house fire, but medfolk think in mechanisms. What she says happened has to match up with what actually did happen. 

Again, behavior matters. It would be very surprising to provider characters if the daughter was extremely concerned about her mother’s injuries more so than her own; teens tend to be very self-centered, so she’ll be seen either as a saint or as trying to hide something. She’s in a tough spot; I assume she’s trying to cover up her mother’s suicide attempt, which is damned stressful, because she’s in a place where people could actually help her mom if only she tells them what’s going on. Of course, mom might see this as a betrayal…. and  that tension? That tension gets noticed. 

Also: what’s a house fire without burns? I’m sure you have some in your story, but burns on the palms of the hands are very common in house fire victims because metal doorknobs get very hot, very quickly. Singed hair is always a winner. And exactly how the fire supposedly started is important; if a pan of oil caught fire, you’d expect hot oil splashes on the arms. 

Long story short: when the injuries don’t match the stories told, medfolk, particularly those in pediatric ERs, ask lots of questions to figure out what actually happened. They’ll figure out the mom’s wounds are self-inflicted. 

Hope this is helpful!!

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

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