Special effects bring ‘horror movie’ realism to MASCAL responders

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Man working with special effects makeup.

Pfc. Sungjae Park, behavior health specialist, TAMC, adds the finishing touches to his handiwork: A realistic mock flesh wound impaled with metal, June 25.

Story and photo by Ana Allen
Pacific Regional Medical Command
HONOLULU — Stepping into a temporarily repurposed conference room at Tripler Army Medical Center, June 25, you might think you’ve accidentally stumbled into the special effects department of a horror movie set.
Tripler Soldiers lean over slabs of mock
injuries, meticulously adding more and more gruesome details to their creations as they perfect the art of moulage in support of Rim of the
Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
“I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do this! It’s the last thing I ever expected to do when I signed up for the Army,” said Pfc. Sungjae Park, behavior health specialist, as he added the finishing touches to his handiwork.
Park had created a moulage injury that would be anyone’s worst day — impalement by a shard of metal.
“It’s important that our work looks as real as possible. There will be medical staff at RIMPAC accessing what kind of treatments they should apply based on our work, so we want to do our best,” said Park.
Virtual or simulation training has become an essential part of military and civilian training and is intended to immerse an individual in a life-like situation where critical thinking and decision making are required, explained Dr. Ken Kelly, chief, Emergency Department.
“Simulation that recreates the stress and pressures of the real-life experience has the most value. Moulage lends realism to patient care in the simulated combat or disaster environment,” Kelly said.
“This one needs more bone,” said Pfc. Mike Calhoun, health care specialist, as he added more simulated blood, broken bones and bruises to his work. “Every injury that we do is based off an exercise patient role player card that describes whatever the injury is supposed to be.
“It’s actually pretty fun,” continued Calhoun, carefully adjusting a piece of wood protruding from one of his creations. “It’s not like any
other assigned detail that you would do in the Army.”
The simulated injuries and stage makeup was applied to exercise role players, who will endure a mock hurricane scenario during the mass casualty medical response portion of the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise at Ford Island, today.
TAMC is slated to provide moulage services for all Hawaii-area health care organizations participating in RIMPAC, military or civilian.
RIMPAC 2014 will gives government and private sector agencies, statewide, the opportunity  to enhance disaster preparedness and provide a forum that enables them to identify — and improve— areas of performance.

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