Subject: So, what does a lightning strike actually do?
Posted on: 2020-10-03 18:36:32 UTC

According to Wikipedia, that bastion of medical knowledge, the problem with a lightning strike isn't so much the burns or seizures or hearing loss or looking a bit like 1970s wallpaper. It's the fact that because it's a thumping great dose of electricity to your internal organs, all of which operate on electrical signals, you can go into full-blown cardiac arrest. If you're looking at a direct strike, you've got to contend with your agent going into multiple organ failure - the best thing you can do in that regard is try and keep them stable and aerated, which might be trickier than it looks. Lightning's also really really hot, and makes the air in your lungs really really hot. Not only can this cause severe burns, but you also have to deal with the effects of the air in your lungs suddenly expanding to a dramatic extent. We're talking multiple smashed ribs here.

So basically, the Medical department's treatment for a direct lightning strike boils down to "fling them in a bacta tank and hope you got them in it quick enough". You're probably looking at well over a week in one of those. Probably closer to a month if it's really bad.

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