Forensics And The Writer

Forensics is an important part of a mystery writers life. It is important that we understand enough of forensics to write clearly about it in our books. This article deals with blood. If you are writing a scene and need to understand more, it might be helpful to read this.

 

Blood is indeed the river of life. It carries oxygen and nutrients to all the cells of the body and removes toxic byproducts to keep everything clean and healthy. The cardiovascular system is a closed system in that it constantly recirculates, and like submarines, leaks from the system can be disastrous, and deadly. Blood is also a living, biological material and this makes it very difficult to handle. It must be taken from a living person, treated to prevent clotting, and stored in a manner that prevents decay. The logistics of this are very difficult, particularly when blood is needed in places such as war zones, very remote areas, and even in space. If someone is severely injured and in danger of exsanguinating – – the $10 word for “bleeding to death” – – then rapidly replacing this loss blood is essential. IV fluids and plasma expanders and other assorted intravenous materials can be given to buy time, to keep the volume in the system to an adequate level, and to keep everything circulating, but these materials have a major drawback – – they don’t carry oxygen. So the only life-saving remedy is to replace the blood. Click here to learn more.

Donna

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