MedicFX Moulage Faces & More Add Realism To Existing Medical Simulators
At SimGHOSTS 2018 Australia we saw something new we hadn’t seen before in medical simulation: realistic face moulage masks for simulators from New Zealand based company “MEDICFX”. Headed up by Nicole Heydenrijk, the group provides medical simulation educational departments with realistic trauma, surgical, and simulation moulage solutions that can be incorporated with current simulation devices, primarily the Laerdal Sim Man 3G. In essence, these solutions sit “on top” of the manikin to increase realism in simulated learning experiences.
Their models are loose standing and applicable on a manikin or standardized patient, while having several layers and can be operated on. There are bleeding tubes inserted for realistic presentations when the skin is cut or sutured. They can also be custom made to fit unique scenario needs.
MEDICFX was created by Special Effects makeup artists who saw the need for creating the most realistic casualty simulation and moulage appliances. This need came from experiencing unconvincing simulations for Medics, First Responders, Accident and emergency departments and in-house training in Hospitals. The team decided that they would create realistic, affordable and durable simulation appliances to help trainees focus on the scenario; without having to use their imagination too much. Their FX Studio also has artists from all over New Zealand to assist with simulation experiences.
Big Clint Fat Neck Model (Shown in the Featured Image)
Big Clint is a truck driver from Hokatika. He was driving around with a huge tumour in his neck. The other day he collapsed on his way home. Bystanders found out Clint has trouble breathing, suspected there was a blockage of the airway and called 911. Big Clint was raced to the hospital for emergency surgery to his neck. Full silicon practice model for Aneasthesy.
The blue plastic trachea tube is replaceable and the neck can be glued back close after the practice round or be replaced. Included is: 500 gram fatty tissue to fill the neck cavity, 5 extra neck replacement skins, 10 pieces of fascia membrane, 1 silicon repair gun, and optional is a large neck tumour with connection to bloodpump.
Preemie Patrick Surgical Model
Preemie Patrick is an operable premature baby, gestation around 24 weeks. He has all major organs and can be operated and sutured. Preemie Patrick is made with soft silicon that feels like real skin. He can be intubated as his lunges can inflate and he can be ordered with different operable issues. After use the belly skin can be glued back together or replaced. All the organs can be replaced when damaged. Bloodlines can be inserted where needed. Preemie Patrick can be modified to fit specific scenarios.
MedicFx has numerous casualty simulation devices available for hire or purchase. These devices take away the need for make up application and are anatomically correct making them perfect for casualty simulation competitions. Their devices have been used by the NZ Army, St Johns, First Responders and other training groups.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.