Using the art of special effects make-up called moulage we are going to explore the four different tissue types and the importance of physical authenticity in replication for training. This project uses the Unit 5 case study Shark Attack! as a foundation.

STEAM Project:
Tissue Moulage

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  1. Duenas covers several learning objectives as she explores a humerus amputation through moulage. A humerus amputation would result in damage to nervous, muscle, epithelial, and connective tissue, all of the tissue types found in the human body. In the amazing moulage humerus amputation that Duenas created the median nerve, short and long biceps muscles, brachial fascia, humerus, tendons, and brachial artery were severed. The life-like creation was made out of latex and foam based sculpting material that Duenas got from Burman Industries.

    Moulage is the art of mock injuries to aid in training for emergency response personnel. Moulage started as a wax model making in the early 1800s which was used for skin and venereal disease recognition (Felix & Simon 2020). It has been shown that moulage increases both performance and immersion over non-moulage in training events. However, if moulage is not done well or realistic, it can create confusion of what the diagnosis is and reduce performance (Felix & Simon 2020). Now, 3D printing is being used which both looks and feels real (Felix & Simon 2020). Also, this would make for some amazing Halloween costumes!

    Felix HM, Simon LV. Moulage in Medical Simulation. [Updated 2020 Oct 3]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from:

    Kyndall Powers

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