So, one the things we do in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is simulated disaster exercises. One of the things you need for simulated disasters is simulated victims. What you want from a good simulated victim is something that looks realistic, and preferably really gross. If you get used to dealing with simulated grossness, the theory is it will be easier to deal with actually grossness when it shows up.
Enter "moulage". (I'd never heard that word either.)
"Moulage" is the art of making people up to look like they have horrible disfiguring wounds that will be noticed by people in medical training, and dealt with accordingly. Last night I went to a moulage class put on for our local CERT team, and it was really a lot of fun, in a gross, messy kind of way. I hope to have pictures later.
We spent over an hour looking at a combination of moulaged volunteers and actual accident victims to get a feel for what we were trying to achieve. Yuck. People can get hurt in really messy ways. Then we set about making each other look gross, which was much more fun.
My favorite ones were the burns. It turns out to be really easy to make some really nasty and convincing looking third degree burns (using common household items). I had a harder time with the "impaled objects" and compound fractures. Mostly because I was trying to work on myself. It's way easier to get a chicken bone to stick out of someone else's arm than your own. And it takes a lot more artistic skill than the burns to get the colors right. Ah, well. Now I have an excuse to dress my kids up as accident victims for Halloween. I need to practice.
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