From severed arms to electrical burns, Rotherham College Specialist Media Make-up students simulate a variety of realistically-gruesome injuries for the next generation of local Paramedics to train on.
Hosted at the Lifewise Centre, a selection of immersive injury simulations were held in mocked-up gardens, a street and pub for Sheffield Hallam Paramedic students to work on.
Rotherham College HNC Specialist Media Make-up student Jessica Bloor made up Paramedic Student John Garvey to look as if he had lost his lower right arm in a chainsaw accident.
Jessica said: “I have created a prosthetic, realistic bruising and used special effects glue to create a realistic-looking severed arm. You learn these skills at Level 2 and 3 and I’m very pleased with how my effects look today.
“I want to do my PGCE to teach, so these skills are definitely needed for me to have the required knowledge to teach effectively in the future.”
John added: “I am a Paramedic student myself and find this sort of activity benefits my learning. The Paramedic students don’t know the injuries they will be working on today so this realism is great; it provides an immersive value and demands them to act quickly. It prepares them for these kinds of situations when they’re out in the field.”
Sheffield Hallam University Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science accompanied her students to the Lifewise Centre and saw the injury effects that Rotherham College students created for the simulations.
Sharyn said: “I love this. The moulage effects are very realistic – they add context to our teaching as they provoke a natural response that you would get from seeing those injuries rather than just imaging them.”
Paramedic student Hattie Blades worked on John’s severed arm scenario.
Hattie said: “The make-up is brilliant. This effect is very realistic and looks similar to a real injury I have treated before. You actually see this and think ‘right, I need to treat this person right away.’”
Rotherham College HNC Specialist Media Make-up student Emily Smith created a detailed electrical burn effect on Paramedic student Sam Cheetham. Emily also observed other Paramedic students working on Sam during the simulations.
Emily said: “I think this is a good training method as it looks very realistic for the students. It is definitely interesting to watch how they interpret the effects and treat them.”
Rotherham College Hair and Media Make-up Curriculum Team Leader Katie Asgari supervised the students during the simulations.
Katie said: “The collaboration between RNN and SHU allows the realism to be increased when facilitating situational learning at the Lifewise simulation centre. The Media make up team create realistic injuries/signs provoking a more realistic response from our students when treating simulated patients.
“Every time we attend these events, students amaze me with their work, dedication and commitment. To see all the planning prior the event is very overwhelming and rewarding.”
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