I'm writing a YA Fantasy book, so while, so far, the majority of my characters are mostly human, they are not quite all so.
In my novel one character is from an alternate dimension. As a result of using her healing ability to heal a human male from a gunshot wound, she falls unconscious, for days. She's human enough, that I would think that dehydration would be a serious concern.
When someone is comatose, is there any way to drip water down their mouth, or do you HAVE to use some sort of IV to give them fluids to keep them from dying. The teenage boy traveling with her is afraid to take her to a hospital for help because he's afraid she'll end up locked in a room somewhere as a government experiment.
What I'm not sure of though, is what he does to keep her from dying of dehydration. I saw a movie once where a sniper who was on the run used a turkey injector needle, some sort of kitchen tubing, bottled water, and I think sugar and salt to create his own IV after he'd been shot. Is this remotely realistic? If so, I'd like to use something similar in my book.
Wow, Christina! What a great, interesting question. Thanks for letting me take a stab at it.
Dripping liquids into someone's mouth does not work all that well. If they are unconscious, they won't swallow it and if they don't swallow the fluid, they won't get hydrated. You can't make an unconscious person swallow.
One-- I will say-- TV is not a great source for anything medical. For instance, the situation you describe in your e-mail where someone put a tube into someone's stomach to drain its secretions by cutting a hole into it and inserting a tube-- well, you don't even need to do that to drain a stomach. You can put said hose down someone's nose or mouth and get it into their gut to do the same thing. I know it's not as dramatic but cutting into the stomach is dangerous because it will leak gastric contents everywhere-- which erodes like acid.
Good luck with your story.