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Downloads, links and ‘how to’ videos to help you master medical moulage – the art of applying mock injuries that add realism to medical simulations.

1. Medical Moulage Recipes, Tips & Tricks

3. ‘How To’ Medical Moulage Videos

FX MAKEUP SERIES: Flesh Eating Bacteria – Moulage
FX Makeup Series: Acid Burns – Moulage
How to Simulate a Burn Wound – Moulage
FX MAKEUP SERIES: First Degree Burn (Sunburn) – Moulage
FX MAKEUP SERIES: How to Fake Bruises With Makeup – Moulage
Glass Debris Wound Special Effects Makeup Tutorial – Moulage
Bruise Tutorial Part 1 – Halloween Special Effects Makeup Fx – Moulage
Bone Break, Compound Fracture, DIY Tutorial : Backyard FX – Moulage
Special Effects Makeup Tutorial: Fake Cut Using Silicone Rubber – Moulage
Scissor Effect Tutorial – Moulage


Advanced Techniques and Applications

What are advanced moulage techniques?

Advanced moulage incorporates specialized materials and tools to create highly realistic and complex injuries. The techniques include a variety of methods to create realistic simulations of injuries and illnesses:
Makeup and prosthetics: can be used to create realistic skin tone, texture, and coloration for simulated injuries. Grease makeup can be used on mannequins, but it’s important to test it first.
Theater techniques: can be used to add elements like blood, vomitus, and open fractures.
Other materials: Silicone, gelatin, and even food products can be used to simulate injuries with great accuracy.
Staging the environment: can add immersion to the clinical setting. For example, blood on the floor or bed can represent hypovolemia, or personal items like photos can add emotion to a breaking bad news scenario.
Clothing: can be modified for trauma scenarios to show dirt or tears.

How is moulage used for disaster response training or emergency preparedness drills?

Moulage is often a part of citizen disaster training to make it more enjoyable and interesting. At the same time, it underscores the empowerment that people can handle the possibility of scary injuries. To learn more, read the blog article Moulage Provides Realism for ShakeOut Disaster Drill

Learning and Using Moulage

What resources does ‘theSimTech’ offer to learn medical moulage?

‘theSimTech’ provides downloadable medical moulage resources like recipe books and “how-to” guides to get you started. Additionally, the video collection features tutorials to learn moulage. You access these on-demand and learn at your own pace. Many recipes have non-commercial materials that can be purchased at low cost to experiment and hone skills.

How is moulage utilized in medical simulations?

Moulage is used to provide visual and tactile cues that corroborate a patient’s history and physical exam, and help immerse learners in simulated situations. Moulage can range from simple bruises or abrasions to more complex injuries like impalements and burns. For example, a learner might see a pale standardized patient to simulate internal blood loss, or ecchymoses and abrasions on a lower extremity to illustrate a vehicular crash. 

In other words, moulage is a simulation technique that uses special effects makeup or other elements to replicate injuries, illnesses, or disease processes on manikins or standardized patients (SPs). It allows them to practice via a safe, controlled environment of medical training and application of moulage techniques for injuries that mimic real-world scenarios.

Moulage helps learners develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills by putting them in realistic scenarios that challenge them to assess, diagnose, and treat patients. These scenarios can help learners prioritize tasks, make quick decisions, and adapt their approach as the situation evolves.

Moulage was originally the art of making wax models for medical education, but has evolved with medical training. Some simulation centers have an experienced moulage artist on staff, and companies like sell moulage molding kits for healthcare simulation labs.

Additional Moulage Techniques

Special Effects MakeUp

Special effects makeup can be a valuable tool in conjunction with moulage to create even more realistic injuries, especially for simulating facial wounds or conditions. The industry links related to moulage supplies on this page provide an overview of special effects makeup and related knowledge.

Advanced Blood Effects

Advanced blood effects in medical moulage can add another layer of realism to simulations, particularly for scenarios involving bleeding injuries. Check the industry links related to moulage supplies on this page for simulated blood that helps to create advanced blood effects without staining manikins.

Is there a formal certification process to learn medical moulage application?

While there’s no formal certification process, understanding medical moulage application is essential for effectively using moulage in simulations. These downloadable resources help you understand application techniques one step at a time.

How can I create realistic wounds for medical simulations?

‘theSimTech’ has resources to help you achieve realistic wounds, including downloadable guides and video tutorials that cover techniques for creating cuts, lacerations, bruises, burns and more.

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