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Ok i know that apothecarie ambulance is a horrible title for a topic? I just want to know if you think apothecaries would go as far as using a vehicle to transport injured astartes away from the battle?
The injured have to get carried away somehow, on a side note, in the rogue trader days they mentioned apothecaries using bikes to get to the most needed parts fast, so they do use vehicles of sorts.
Back in the zone!
It would seemed that they would either heal or do the emperor's mercy.However I think that if an important figure is wounded I am sure that the astartes and apothecaries would go through great measures to save him even taking the soldier back to the landsite of a speartip?
Marines are special forces.
I assume that they'd deal with casualties in the same way. Tank them up with healing juice, and drag them out once the enemy's pacified. SM's don't engage in lengthy firefights, so I'm deducing that things like casualty vehicles are less relevant. Stick them in a Rhino.
That and marine medicine is pretty quick and dirty by human standards.. It's very hard for marines to bleed to death or die from trauma to major organs, so stapling them back together and pumping them full of stimulants is generally going to be all that's needed.
Marines don't really suffer pain and shock, and thus can carry on fighting in obscene situations.. A guy with half his brain missing can still remain aware enough to keep fighting, a guy missing his legs can provide fire support.. A guy shot in the heart or lung can keep fighting indefinately with his synthetic organs. The blood clots almost instantly, making it unlikely the marine will die from his wounds before he can reach the point it will be safe to either perform surgery (infection isn't a risk, and pain management isn't relevant, so full-on trauma surgery in the field is possible) or can be evacuated if he needs bionic replacement or more serious treatment.
Marines won't even leave their dead behind, generally.. The expectation is that they will not have to concede the battlefield, and fluffwise, 9 times out of 10, that holds true. In the cases where it's not, retrieving the dead is as important as retrieving the wounded.. marines don't practice triage as far as geneseed is concerned.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; June 22nd, 2008 at 18:02.