EMSWorld Interviews Moulage Concepts Founder Bobbie Merica About Simulation Realism Through Makeup

EMSWorld recently interviewed Moulage expert Bobbie Merica of MoulageConcepts.com to learn how moulage makeup can improve the educational outcomes of simulation by increasing the realism for learners. Here are a couple of excerpts from the EMSWorld article entitled The Importance of Accuracy in Moulage Trainingby Valeria Amato:

What advice would you give people who are looking to implement more realistic and effective moulage into training regimens?

It’s like anything else: You need to plan and prepare. When you develop your case scenarios, decide what the takeaway is going to be. Is it triage-specific? If so, then your wounds should accurately represent wounds related to triage. A lot of the time, people will throw in the moulage piece at the end without giving it any thought. They won’t collectively decide what the full-thickness burn is going to look like, what the pediatric patient will look like and how they’re going to present it. Locate an accurate picture on the Internet of an actual case. Practice creating moulage so that everyone in your training knows what these wounds will look like.

Mostly it’s about the planning. You’d never run your training scenarios without a great deal of planning. When you’re building those scenarios, start building in those moulage components. Understand what story you want to tell. Understand what the training outcome is. Is intubation with a full-thickness burn the outcome, or is it identifying the smoke inhalation? If the training outcome is smoke inhalation, then you don’t need a full-thickness burn. It’s not difficult to clarify that a full-thickness burn in the upper airway in the chest and neck has smoke inhalation. If you really want to know if someone has smoke inhalation, bring it back and test it in multiple areas. Create that eye-reddening, some tears coming down, the reddening in the back of the throat. That little bit of hoarseness. Break it out into multiple training avenues, unless intubating the patient with a full-thickness burn is the skill set.


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That makes sense, especially going back to what you said about using moulage in less of a theatrical capacity and for mass-casualty incidents.

If it’s a mass-casualty incident, you’re going to have some people who look like those first-line-of-response people, but often a lot of those people look the same. Certainly you should assess the woman screaming and covered in blood, but you might also want to look at that person quietly dying right next to her. It’s about creating all those aspects and using this as a tool to define where those strengths are and, more important, where those weaknesses are so you know how to align future training dollars.

I think every person, every entity and every training site should have access to this level of training. Moulage doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. You can have amazing moulage that tells the whole story, allowing you to spend the next six weeks accurately training your participants to meet outcomes, that will cost you pennies.

Do you have a copy of Bobbie’s Best Selling Moulage Recipe Book? Check out our review here!


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Active Shooter Moulage Training Program and Kits Now Available from MoulageConcepts + Upcoming Training Dates

active shooter moulage training program kit

Our great friends at MoulageConcepts recently launched a new active shooter training program along with specialized moulage build kit. MoulageConcepts founder Bobbie Merica is a world renown expert in healthcare simulation resources, and has written the most comprehensive moulage recipe book on the market… read our review of her book Medical Moulage here!

Upcoming Moulage Trainings:

  • Medical – Trauma Moulage Workshop Fayette MO. June 8-9, 2017
  • All Hazards/Medical Moulage Workshop Nokesville VA. May 18-19, 2017
  • All Hazards Trauma Moulage Workshop Pomona CA. June 29, 2017
  • All Hazards/Medical Moulage Workshop Folsom CA. July 20-21, 2017

More than just a moulage company, MoulageConcepts provides interactive training workshops are designed to enhance realism, scenario staging, and hazard identification. This intensive, hands-on, 16-hour workshop is regularly presented in a multi-level learner approach including:

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced moulage development
  • Scenario Staging
  • Sensory Engagement
  • Core STEPS and Technique
  • Accessory Moulage & Layering
  • Wound Customization
  • Time and Budget Saving Options

These two-day workshops are developed to save you time and money upfront, exceeding your training needs, wound for wound, as an industry standard.

Active Shooter Program and Moulage Kit

As the industry leader, MoulageConcepts understands the complexities of creating interactive training that meet your safety-preparedness needs. With an extensive knowledge of moulage wound development and scenario staging, Moulage Concepts provides a unique combination of simulation expertise to strengthen training performance, participant retention, and risk reduction. Working with both simulator and standardized patients, they provide measurable training options to meet your industry requirements.

The Active Shooter/Mass Casualty (AS/MCI) Moulage & Training Kit was developed to assist you in preparing for Active Shooter Incident Response. Including moulage specific to wound identification and treatment, this multi-training kit enables team practice of rapid assessment, airway management, and hemorrhagic response- with focused training realism and incident standardization. Utilizing interactive wounds that are quick, cost effective and most importantly, convincing- MoulageConcepts provides the visual and olfactory realism required in developing an effective Emergency Operations Response with multi-skin tones.

 

Learn more about these workshops, programs and kits on the MoulageConcepts website!

Tomorrow: EMS Global Institute for Simulation Training Provides Free Webinar Series by Moulage Concepts

EMS Webinar

“Bridging the Gap in Simulated Training Exercises”

Our friends at GIST and MoulageConcepts.com are joining up to bring you a powerful webinar on the the utilization of Moulage to increase the realism of your simulation experiences!

Presented by:
Bobbie Merica
Moulage Concepts Inc.

Abstract: In this webinar, educators will learn to enhance realism in simulated nursing scenarios while providing best practice techniques. The use of medical moulage assists the learner in “bridging the gap” between simulated training exercises and real life events. Whether you are just getting started in moulage or looking to advance your techniques, the application of moulage to support patient assessment, injury recognition, and decision making provides a unique training opportunity that enhances the simulation experience.

Objectives:
1. Identify the role of moulage in creating lifelike simulation scenarios
2. Illustrate the benefits of incorporating moulage into the simulation settings
3. Explore strategies to creating powerful learning experiences combining human patient simulators, live actors, and interactive, odorous, three dimensional wounds
4. Discuss options for working within your time and/or budgetary constraints

Sponsored by
The Global Institute for Simulation Training,
the educational arm of
Education Management Solutions.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2:00 pm EST
(1:00 pm CST; 12 Noon MST; 11:00 am PST)

Webinars are one hour in length. Space is limited.

Click here to register for this FREE Webinar!


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MoulageConcepts.com Shares Pus Thick, Odorous, Wound Exudate Moulage Recipe

moulage odorous wound

Happy New Years Sim Champs! Today another amazing moulage recipe from Bobbie Merica of Moulage Concepts, author of the best moulage recipe book in medical simulation “Medical Moulage”.

About Bobbie Merica and MoulageConcepts.com:

Bobbie Merica is a medical/trauma moulage expert, author and CEO of Moulage Concepts, an nationwide moulage company specializing in training, supplies and education. Utilizing best practice techniques, Bobbie’s teaching methods have simplified the complex, enabling everyone to create Moulage that is quick, cost effective and convincing. Get her free tutorial blog with expert weigh-in at www.moulageconcepts.com/blog and join us in creating moulage that looks, feels, sounds, and even smells like the real thing!

Skill Level: Beginner

Time Frame: 1-2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. waterbased lubricating gel
  • 2 tsp. of petroleum jelly (SIM-Safe) yellow, colorant (SIM-Safe) brown, colorant
  • Odor: (SIM-Safe) “Decaying matter”
  • Supplies: (Shop www.moulageconcepts.com for all your moulage needs!)

Recognize the Disguise:

MRSA Simulation Simulations should include many different presentations in which MRSA should be considered. swelling, heat apparent “spider bite” rythematous skin with red papules and central pustules single lesions on the extremities or multiple “boils” fluctuance-wavelike motion beneath the lesion when pressure is applied impetigo and necrotizing fasciitis, “track” marks (frequently among IV drug users) fever, low BP and shortness of breath (indicators of systemic infection)

Get the whole Recipe on MoulageConcepts.com today!

Simulation Moulage — Should You Be Using It?

burn moulage

“Train as you Fight.” — United States Army

Today comes an article from Moulage Expert Bobbie Merica on Carolina’s Fire Journal on the introduction and reasons behind utilizing moulage in your medical simulations. You can use such an article to help demonstrate to other clinical educators or administrators why they should invest in your moulage training! Check out the link to Bobbie’s Moulage Recipe book which is a MUST-HAVE for every medical simulation library.

 

The addition of Moulage creates realistic field training exercises that mimic responder and victim situational responses that are specialized to training outcomes, including:

  • Pediatric specific field triage
  • Elderly and immune-compromised
  • Pathologic patient conditions
  • Veterinarians
  • Wound identification and closure

Moulage, when integrated into the simulated exercise, creates a powerful training modality that enhances live actor and human patient simulator events. The use of interactive, odorous, three-dimensional wounds such as hemorrhages, wound debridement, suturing capabilities, decontamination and realistic triage heightens the field experience by providing enhanced assessment, injury recognition, supportive decision-making, realism, and retention and stress inoculation.

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”— George Bernard Shaw

Another reason to add moulage to the training scenario: Current research estimates anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of all communication is non-verbal, thus proper assessment, triage, acuity and training is often dependent on the accurate use of four of the five senses; that which must be seen, felt, heard and even smelled.

The addition of moulage highlights areas for growth by assisting the team in identifying shortfalls in current patient coding, acuity levels and wound staging based on individual and team assessment. Additionally, skilled use of primary and accessory moulage can illuminate areas for risk reduction through quality advancement identifiers such as highlighting strengths and weaknesses involving wound recognition, stabilization, standardization and triage management on both an individual and team building events. The addition of moulage to the training paradigm can provide life-saving exposure of system vulnerabilities creating a segue between multiple responders, systems and triage points.

Read my review of Bobbie’s Medical Moulage Recipe Book and Read the rest of this article on the CarolinaFireJournal.com website!


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Moulage Concepts Announces Debut of SIM-Safe EMS/Nursing Product Line

sim safe moulage

This summer MoulageConcepts.com, an international medical trauma moulage company specializing in nursing, trauma, hospital, mass casualty and pre-hospital moulage training, supply and certification announced the debut of their new SIM-Safe EMS/Nursing moulage product line!

Designed for the pre-hospital/simulation suite training scenario, the SIM-Safe series features realistic, non-staining, non-food based make-up, secretions, bodily fluids and three dimensional wounds that can be used to creating authentic training scenarios on both simulators and standardized patients. With focus to detail, all SIM-Safe products visually and tactually replicate natural bodily processes to ensure your moulage meets your training needs. Large 4 oz. containers for multi-scenario options!

SIM-Safe EMS Set includes:

  • Fresh blood
  • Clotted blood
  • Bloody emesis
  • Bile • Blister
  • 10 make-up colors
  • Instaburn Set
    • Dermacurl
    • Dermascorch
    • Dermaflame
    • Dermachar

SIM-Safe Nursing Set includes:

  • Fresh blood
  • Clotted blood
  • Coffee ground emesis
  • Feces
  • Bile
  • Vomitus
  • 10 make-up colors
  • Secretion Set:
    • Clear
    • Frothy-white
    • Blood-tinged
  • Pus Set:
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Amber

Moulage Concepts, a nationwide company, provides moulage products, training and services to the simulated nursing, military, EMS, field and MCI training sectors. With attention to detail, Moulage Concepts interactive wounds can be triaged, drained, sutured, debided and even ruptured if handled aggressively. With product lines specific to training fields, their customizable line of moulage kits has won them the EMS World Innovation award 2013 for their ability to provide moulage products and training that could be customized to scenario outcomes.

Be sure to check out Bobbie’s amazing Medical Moulage Recipe Book and check the schedule of her upcoming training courses to help you  create training scenarios that look, feel, sound and smell like the real thing!

Get your Sim-Safe Moulage Products at MoulageConcepts.com!

How Moulage Brings Realism To Training

Bobbie Merica, founder of MoualgeConcepts.com has written an article for EMSWorld.com titled How Moulage Brings Realism to Training.
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Bobbie writes “Current research estimates anywhere from 50%–90% of all communication is nonverbal—thus, proper assessment and triage often depend on accurate use of four of the five senses (sight, touch, hearing and smell). Integrating moulage into an exercise creates a powerful training modality that can enhance those perceptions. The use of interactive, odorous, three-dimensional wounds such as hemorrhages improves trainee retention and helps inoculate them from stress when they face the real thing. It can also help teams identify shortfalls in patient coding and determining acuity levels and strengths involving wound recognition, stabilization, standardization and triage on both individual and team levels.”
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When I was in Fire Academy we practiced putting out real fire in a simulated burn building after drawing out the drill on the whiteboard. I’d have to agree that nothing trains ‘in 3d’ like a 15-foot tall fire! As Simulation Champions, how can we not do everything in our power to increase realism for our learners?
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To start increasing fidelity in your simulation lab check out her moulage recipe bookmoulage kits and read the rest of Bobbie’s article on EMSWorld.com!

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Fresh Bruise Moulage Recipe of the Month

Fresh Bruise Moulage (or Contusion moulage):

contusion moulage

Another great recipe from Moulage expert Bobbie Merica, this time hosted on the EMS-World website. The moulage recipe starts like this:

“Technique:

Using red make-up, lightly apply a medium-sized, approximately 2 inch × 2 inch circular pattern to the skin of victim. Gently blot the color with a tissue along the outside perimeter of the bruise layer, variegating the color intensity so that the highest level of color concentration remains in the center and fades out along the edges (see Figure 2).

Using a make-up sponge dipped in blue make-up, lightly apply the second layer of color stretching approximately 1/3 around the perimeter of the skin reddening and extending outward approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch. (This will be the point of impact; most objects do not hit with full force-evenly.)”

Click the link above to read the entire recipe!

*Just Released* Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive!

I am happy to announce that Bobbie Merica of MoulageConcepts.com has released her new book entitled “MEDICAL MOULAGE: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive”!

Rely on this easy-to-use guide to create over 300 special effectsfor your clinical simulations and live drills. Simple recipes andover 1,200 full-color illustrations provide step-by-step how-to’s using readily available ingredients.

Each easy-to-follow recipe specifies:

• Topic
• Designer Skill level
• Objective
• Appropriate Cases or
Disease Processes
• Equipment & Ingredients
• Set the Stage
• In a Hurry?
• Clean up and Storage
• Techniques

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Halloween Moulage with Bobbie Merica

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Bobbie Merica Moulage Halloween

Our Favorite Moulage Expert Bobbie Merica from MoulageConcepts.com is celebrating the upcoming release of her new book MEDICAL MOULAGE – How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive, with two “Halloween” based recipes!

blood moulage

The first recipe is for Blood!

impaled object medical moulage
The second is for an impaled object!

As always, be sure to check out MedicalMoulage.com for more great moulage!