Simulation Moulage — Should You Be Using It?
“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
- 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!
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.