In a galaxy where survival is far from a guarantee and more of the bonus at the end of the day, ‘on the fly’ medical care became somewhat of a necessity. The stimpack is post Catastrophe healthcare’s answer to the current clime. Utilizing a cocktail of nanotechnology and various different chemical mixtures, depending on the nature of the particular dose, stimpacks provide an almost instantaneous boost or relief in the field when proper medical care is unavailable.
Due to lack of clear standards in the naming of the stims, the names were somewhat arbitrary and led to many medical professionals being confused as to which stim to offer for a given condition. To deal with this issue, an inter-governmental agreement between the Consortium and the Gaule Protectorate developed an interstellar standard for naming of stims to reduce confusion amongst medical professionals and consumers. The name is comprised of four parts:
- The first part is a three-letter code identifying the "type" of stim.
- The second part, beginning with the letter "T", indicates the "tier" of the stim.
- The third part, beginning with the letter "V", indicates the "variant" of the stim and encodes exactly which stats are affected.
- The last part is a medical indication of the amount of benefit the stim gives per stat.
With this naming scheme, a competent medic can quickly select an appropriate medical stim for the condition at hand. All relevant information is encoded in the name of the stim, though some might find it easier to read the stim details.
Stims, for the most part, are available for private and military use. Certain black market varieties have begun to surface but these are heavily cautioned against as no measure of quality or safety can be guaranteed.