The Medical team has a tough job. You are constantly under-equipped, and not all of you are even formally educated in medical care. Some of you were paramedics, combat medics, nurses, doctors or even veterinarians before Nightfall, some others have been taught the basics of pre-emptive care and trauma medicine by their colleagues.
You have two very different responsibilities in Thermopylae; general healthcare and trauma care. The former is mainly doing what you can to prevent outbreaks of disease or lice, and taking care of infected cuts or minor injuries, and the latter is trying to save the lives of unfortunate people that have been injured during surface missions. The trauma care is rudimentary at best, and the chances of survival for serious injuries are sadly rather low.
Another task that Medical performs, both in Haven and in Thermopylae, are sterilizations and abortions. These tasks are something that is a subject of fierce debate and strong feelings within Medical, especially since any surgical procedure in these rudimentary conditions come with great risk.
A word about trauma care
If you have a trauma case (ie someone has been shot or seriously hurt) we want you to make the most of it, as it should be rather rare and makes for a good scene. You will have a kit in medical that contains fake blood, makeup and other stuff, so if you do get a serious trauma case go nuts. We want injuries to count, and they should be visible - but at the same time we don’t want players to become too restricted from their injuries. It’s a fine balance, but we trust your judgement.
- Health checkups. The residents of Thermopylae regularly get their health status assessed. It’s the basics; check pulse and blood pressure, listen to lungs and heart, look down the throat, check reflexes etc etc.
- Lice treatments. A constant problem in the Outposts are lice outbreaks. You regularly check people for lice, and if you discover them you will recommend either a haircut or a lice treatment.
- On-call for trauma care when surface teams return
- Coordination with Command - reporting on health problems etc
- Prepping and sterilizing instruments and treatment room after procedures
- Journal keeping. Whenever you treat someone, do an exam or similar, it needs to go into their personnel file. Some of the residents of Thermopylae have “ongoing cases” that you need to stay on top of.
- Trauma care - receiving and treating injuries as they occur - especially preparedness for returning surface teams
- Training. If you get an interesting case, call your colleagues over to teach them something.
- Co-operation with Science. They might sometimes need biopsy samples or other testing done.
- Quarantine or forced care. Sometimes someone doesn’t want to go medical for their checkup, or you suspect them of being a contamination risk. If they don’t come in voluntarily, you contact their Squad Leader (non-critical) or INTSEC (critical).