Posts Tagged ‘burns’

  • New Use for Old Skin

    Date: 2010.04.13 | Category: Resources, Training | Response: 0

    After Mike did all that work to change the skin on SimMan®, I didn’t have it in me to throw the old skin away. Jeanne and I have been playing with burn scenarios. I think Jeanne suggested we could do something with the old arm skin, so I came up with the following idea.

    I took some pre-made blisters I bought from Image Perspectives in Carson City, Nevada. I attached them to the arm with Effects Gel and let them alone overnight. We powdered the blisters with a reddish blush powder and sprinkled ordinary fireplace ash over the arm to make it look like a new burn. We also burned a t-shirt and put some of the soot around “Bobby’s” nose and mouth to make the student think about possible inhalation burns, too. The instructor who does this scenario ALWAYS has the student cut off the t-shirt. Believe me, we go through a lot of shirts!

    So now that it’s time for spring cleaning, think of the manikins when you get your old clothes ready for Goodwill. Bag up some of the worst and give them to us. I promise you they will go to a good cause.

    Now I’m after a chest skin to play with and do some more burns. Let me tell you, a use chest skin is about as easy to find as hen’s teeth. Anyone out there want to donate one? Call me.


  • Simulated Burns

    Date: 2009.05.07 | Category: Recipes, Special Effects, Tips & Tricks | Response: 0

    Jeanne did some burn scenarios last week and we came up with a sleeve of blisters. In a nutshell this is what we did.

    There are two kinds of Bubble Wrap in use here. The larger Bubble Wrap (I bought a sheet at the UPS store) was injected with vanilla pudding. That was a bad idea, so I went to plan B.

    I cut a tiny slit in the back of a bubble and gently shoved Vaseline inside. I sealed it with glue and placed it on the small Bubble Wrap. Jeanne put blush over the wrap to make it look red, sprinkled fireplace ashes over the whole wrap and misted it with water so the ash would stay on. Then she put the whole thing around the manikin’s arm, like a sleeve.

    The students loved it. I admit it’s primitive, but it looks like burn blisters. Students have to be careful of the larger blisters because you don’t want them to break.

    It’s easy clean-up, and I know Jeanne took the whole thing to our other campus and used it for their Sim Day. My kind of deal: reusable moulage. My daughter likes it too because I end up cleaning out her fireplace whenever we need more ashes.