Mix, Mold, & Paint Your Way to Realistic Special Effects With F.A. Davis’s New “Cookbook,” Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive by Bobbie J. Merica

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Create true-to-life clinical experiences using everyday ingredients

Bobby J. Merica’s Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive makes it easy to create more than 300 life-like injuries, disorders, and odors for mannequins (or real people) using readily available ingredients.

Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive by Bobbie J. Merica, Simulation Coordinator/Technologist, provides cutting-edge recipes for anyone seeking to create lifelike injuries, disorders, and odors—from nursing students, medical staff, and first responders to military, and youth education groups.

Make an infected bite or sting from eye shadow, food coloring, and cream of mushroom soup…or a cleft lip from a cotton ball and watercolor markers. More than 300 recipes that use readily available ingredients guide you step by step.

Safe to use on simulators (complex mannequins used in clinical settings) or real people, Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive is ideal for improving medical care and reducing errors without the risk of endangering an actual patient.
Moulage, French for “casting or molding,” is the art of creating true-to-life injuries to assist with shock desensitization and training techniques.

“So much of nursing assessment is based on the sensory experience—what is felt, seen, heard, and smelled,” says Ms. Merica, “yet many students have not had the opportunity to tap into those senses during their classroom simulations. Educators would hear things like, ‘this doesn’t feel real. With a patient, I would never have done that,’ or ‘I am not sure what is supposed to be real.’ I wanted to offer a text that met and surpassed these growing needs,” says Ms. Merica.

“It’s also the first book of its kind to offer moulage that’s appropriate to the kind of disease/wound progression in a hospital or clinical setting,” adds Lisa Houck, Publisher/Acquisitions Editor for F.A. Davis Company’s Nursing Department. “There are recipes for staged symptoms, like decubitus ulcers, dehiscence wounds, and ordorus draining. I haven’t seen any other book quite like it.”

Medical Moulage is divided into three sections: Unit I covers disorders and symptoms, such as abscesses, bites, stings, burns, and blisters; Unit II features body systems and locations from head to toe; and Unit III provides specific simulations, including obstetric and newborn care.

Over 1,200 full-color illustrations provide step-by-step how-to’s, demonstrating how to recognize and confirm the physical signs that support a diagnosis and gather the data needed to assess changes in patient status.

“Bobbie Merica does a superb job in helping students of all levels—whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced—enhance their clinical knowledge, performance, and critical-thinking skills,” says Ms. Houck.

“This book focuses on making the recipes as simple as possible, while making sure that they work within the complexities of the simulator,” says Ms. Merica. “As I teach in my workshops, it is only impressive if it comes off.”

Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive (ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-2499-3) is $135.00 (US) | $145.95 (CAN). It's available in bookstores, through online booksellers, or through the publisher. To order from F. A. Davis Company, call 800-323-3555 (US) 800-665-1148 (CAN) or visit http://www.FADavis.com.

About the Author

Bobbie Merica, owner of Moulage Concepts, has been a simulations technologist/coordinator/consultant since 2006. She has developed, coordinated, implemented, and integrated simulation into the registered nursing and licensed vocational nursing programs at Yuba Community College District in Linda, CA; Butte Community College District in Oroville, CA; and the Rural Northern California Simulation Center in Chico, CA. She is certified in Moulage –The Art of Injury Simulation in Biological/Chemical/Terrorism, a 40-hour moulage workshop designed for military, homeland security officials, and medical personnel. In addition, she received her certification in the Texas Engineering Extension Service Homeland Security training (TEEX), which provides first responders with hands-on, scenario-driven, weapons-of-mass-destruction response exercises. Ms. Merica has taken the Human Patient Simulator training (TI HPS), the Laerdal Simulator Program Training, and the Laerdal Simulator Maintenance/Repair training. She also teaches her own moulage seminars.

About F.A. Davis Company

F.A. Davis Company, an independent publisher since 1879, has been publishing titles to meet the needs of generations of health care providers. Today, F.A. Davis carries on that tradition through its catalog of books, electronic, and online products for students, educators, and clinicians in Nursing, Medicine, and the Health Sciences. Its flagship titles, Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary and Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, are among the most trusted names in health care publishing. For more information, visit http://www.fadavis.com.

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