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Moulage Provides Realism for Henry Mayo Disaster Exercises

Moulage Provides Realism for Henry Mayo Disaster Exercises

On November 16, 2017, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital participated in the California Statewide Exercise on campus.  The exercise provided the opportunity to test the hospital’s burn surge plan, trauma surge, Hospital Command Center activation, field force protection, family information center (including reunification), and inpatient department surge activation. 

Two hours before the exercise began, volunteers lined up for moulage makeup application.  Moulage is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical personnel.

Moulage artists focus on creating wounds resulting from explosive chemical burns, gunshot wounds, and traumas from multiple vehicle collisions. The gruesome makeup ensures that hospital personnel have realistic-looking victims to triage, treat and determine their course of action for quality care.

Katie Tarantini, a 16 year old moulage makeup artist, has been volunteering for Henry Mayo for over a year now. She prepares all of the makeup for each of the disaster exercises on campus. Katie shops for supplies and mentors other makeup artists to assist in preparing realistic disaster victims.

 “The Emergency Department staff really appreciates the realism of the exercises when they can see depicted wounds instead of trying to imagine potential injuries,” said Terry Stone, Henry Mayo Safety Office and Emergency Manager. “Katie is very talented at her craft and we wish to thank her for her contribution to making our disaster exercises such a success.”


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