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MEDICAL STAFF
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Chemist, Pharmacist
Access: ETC, Chemistry, Maintenance
Difficulty: Monotonous
Supervisors: Chief Medical Officer
Duties: Make medicine for doctors, refill prescriptions, experiment with custom mixes
Guides: Guide to Chemistry


Overview

You mix and deliver chemicals. That's it. Some of the time you can do whatever you feel like doing, but for most of the round you'll be making chemicals for the medical staff. You're basically a medical doctor responsible for keeping medicine stocked but will likely do everything the doctors do because we rarely have a full medical department and often the other doctors are missing.

Common Chemicals

As a chemist you'll either be swamped with requests or have none at all. A good chemist revels in finding work for themselves regardless.

Useful Chemicals

  • Your first priority: Medication for the doctors.
    • Bicaridine, dermaline, dexalin plus, and dylovene for the four major damage types.
    • Inaproviline to stabilize critical patients.
    • Alkysine for brain damage, imidazoline for eye damage, spaceacillin for infections, ethylredoxrazine for alcohol poisoning, and Tramadol for pain.
    • Upgrade the Cryoxadone in the cryo tubes to clonexadone.
    • Peridaxon is time-consuming to make, but will heal organ damage.
    • Check medical records for prescriptions to fill.
  • Research & Development and Robotics will want sulfuric acid to etch circuits have a sulfuric acid dispenser and chemical dispenser so can get sulfuric acid themselves. R&D would also appreciate your extra phoron if you can spare it but you really can't spare it, ever.
  • Virology will want radium.
  • The bartender or chef may ask you for chemicals to cook or mix drinks with. Some of them are safe, others are not. Use your judgment.
  • The janitor will want Space Cleaner refills.
  • The gardener will want fertilizer (diethylamine or ammonia), and Xenobiology will also want unstable mutagen for their plant experiments can make their own damn mutagen.
  • Synthmeat can be manufactured for the kitchen, or as biomass for the cloning equipment.

Mixing

You can mix chemicals in a few ways, but the easiest way is to add a beaker to the chemical dispenser and then dispense appropriate amounts of base chemicals. If the mixture is correct, the solution will bubble and you'll now have a some of your end product.

Mixing directly from other beakers, droppers and syringes also helps if you need a certain amount of each chemical. Just click one holder on another to pour some of the solution.

Adding any solution to a ChemMaster 3000 will let you isolate and make pills or bottles of chemicals you add to it.

Grenades

As a chemist, you don't have access to many grenade materials, but if you can get your hands on some, you can make grenades. You can fit two regular beakers in a grenade casing. This means potentially 100 units of whatever concoction you want. It is possible to use medicine, water, or more devious items in a grenade. The mixing and matching of different chemical formulas may not always go as planed, but that's just how science goes. Keep in mind, making and using grenades that harm others will get you brigged in the least, and possible job banned if you weren't an antagonist.

Building Grenades 101

  1. Use a screwdriver on an igniter to make it attachable.
  2. Attach the igniter to the timer, or some other triggering device (proximity, signaler, etc.)
  3. Screwdriver the Igniter-timer assembly to make it attachable.
  4. Attach the assembly to the grenade case.
  5. Add your beakers of chemicals, then screwdriver the case again.
  6. Using it in your hand opens up a window, where you can set the control mechanism of the grenade.

Note that the case must be on the ground to do this correctly!

Pills

Pills are a great way to give large amount of medicine at once administer longer-lasting medicine as ingested reagents metabolize at half speed as injected reagents. If you are going to make medicine that will be single serve, make it pill form. Each pill can hold 60 units of material at one time. Up to 14 pills will fit into a pill bottle, which itself is still small enough to fit into a box or pocket. As a cautionary note, remember that most chemicals will cause toxic damage from overdose usually over 30 units (with exceptions such as peridaxon at 10), so be careful how much you add to a pill.

Keep in mind few doctors will use pills both due to the extra clicking involved and the ability to sip from bottles if they don't want to inject. The most useful pills are thus reagents which only work when injected and can't be overdosed (such as carbon or iron). Beyond that, they're mostly used for roleplaying purposes (e.g. giving a patient a prescription).

Good Examples for pills: A typical pill will have about 15 units of medication in it. This is a good amount because it's a large enough dose for most situations, but even if you accidentally double-dose someone, you still won't go over the 30 unit overdose limit.

  • Alkysine: Heals brain damage.
  • Dexalin Plus: Heals suffocation damage and helps keep someone with heart or lung damage alive.
  • Bicaridine: Heals brute damage.
  • Dermalin: Heals burn damage.
  • Dylovene: Heals toxin damage.
  • Spaceacillin: Stops the progression of a virus and treats infections.

Bottles

Bottles should contain material that is not medicine, such as acids, or medicines that are not used all at once, like Clonexadone. Each bottle can hold only 30 units, and can be splashed onto things.

Some doctors prefer bottled medicines because using a syringe to inject medication lets them choose the dose in 5-unit increments, and because they don't have to deal with pill bottles. However, injecting medication through the ports on a space suit is time-consuming but usually faster than getting a patient's helmet and breathing mask off.

Good Example for Beakers:

  • Thermite
  • Silicate
  • Clonexadone
  • Regular medicines

Injectors

You have a supply of autoinjectors, initially loaded with inaproviline. The inaproviline can be drawn out of the autoinjectors and other substances injected into them with syringes. Autoinjectors are one-use items for delivering a 5u dose of medication quickly if the target is on help intent, effective if your target is not wearing a space suit. They are usually modified to hold inaproviline/dexalin plus mixtures (to stabilize a suffocating person), soporific (to sedate a combative patient) or various potent poisons, if you happen to be an antagonist. Be sure to label any autoinjectors you have modified unless you don't want people to know they've been modified.

Traitoring

Chemistry is one of the most dangerous jobs on the Med staff, and it's easy to be a good Traitor. A LOT of the chemicals you have access to will kill when injected. Access to grenades is a plus, not the mention for infinite sedative refills. Remember to keep it sane and stealthy. A bunch of naplam grenades thrown around will not win you any points.

Like any job in Medical, chemistry lends itself to malpractice-style traitoring. "Accidentally" contaminate your medication, or hand out overdoses. Or maybe your traitor is more of a recreational chemist than a medical chemist (mindbreaker toxin, anyone?).

Tips

  • You can roleplay a lot of fluff medications which haven't been coded just by making sugar pills and labeling them as the fluff medication. This is also very useful if the actual fluff medications break and spam the patient's chat log.
  • You'll sometimes be told you're also part of science and need to listen to the Research Director. This is an artifact from previous codebases which may occasionally be referenced in old code or outdated wiki pages. You are not part of science and only take orders from the Chief Medical Officer (or Colony Director if a situation calls for it).
  • Cargo often gets supply requests from Central Command which typically require a number of chemistry products. Although it's commonplace for Medical to fill this part of the order (despite lacking a requests console), this is technically Science's responsibility and you're not obligated to fill it. But everybody forgets science has their own damn chemistry dispenser so you'll probably fill it anyway.
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