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.

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Evisceration Moulage Recipe

evisceration moulage

Evisceration With Bloody Drainage Moulage recipe has been shared on EMSWorld by the experts from Moulage Concepts!  Get your moulage kits today to help you build realistic moulage for your healthcare simulations!

Time: 2–5 minutes (not including drying time).

Skill Level: Beginner

Supplies 

  • Wax paper
  • Spray paint: pink, purple-pink and/or red
  • Construction-grade gap filler (Brand name: Great Stuff)
  • 1/8 tsp. blood powder
  • 1/4 cup baby oil
  • Blood gel

Equipment

  • 12″ x 12″ sheet of wax paper
  • Tape
  • Two small paint brushes

Learn the complete evisceration moulage recipe and build technique at EMSWorld!

EMS World Moulage Wound of the Month – Bullet Entry

Bobbie Merica from MoulageConcepts.com has another great moulage recipe for your medical simulations!  And just in time for Halloween too! This “close entry bullet wound” moulage recipe is easy to follow and only needs latex, modeling wax, red make-up wheel, burgundy make-up wheel, black make-up wheel, caramel coloring thinned, and blood gel.

In the EMSWorld article, Bobbie even covers some tips on setting up the patient scene:

“Dress the victim in a pretreated bullet entry shirt. Use scissors to cut a small hole in the abdominal area of a light colored shirt, above the belt line. Using a large paint brush dipped in fresh moulage blood, liberally apply blood mixture to the front, side and abdominal area of the shirt. Create gunshot residue around the entry hole by applying a small amount of soot powder with a paint brush. Using a make-up sponge, apply white makeup to the face of victim, blending well. Create beads of sweat on the skin by applying a light mist of premade sweat mixture to the forehead, chin and upper lip of patient. Position the victim flat on his or her back. Using congealed blood mixture, create a small pool under the back and side of the patient, near the wound site. (In areas with stain risks, create a hard barrier by applying wax paper to ground surface prior to applying congealed blood.) Apply fresh bruising, superficial abrasions, bloody noses and bruised knuckles on several “friends” of the victim to create a fight scene.”

Click the links above to read the full recipe!


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