THE usefulness of gory make-up artistry outside of violent theatre has been tested by future paramedics.
ECU Joondalup paramedical students were exposed to emergency simulations, where mock patients carried grisly wounds to better re-enact the reality students face when they graduate.
School of medical and health sciences expert Brennen Mills conducted the research, aimed at testing the effectiveness of “Hollywood-style make-up” in paramedical training.
The art of creating fake injuries is known as moulage.
“We bring in blood, guts and gore to make a scenario really real,” he said.
“The research showed that the students who were exposed to the moulage group undertook their tasks a lot quicker and felt they needed to do something to that wound.
“As opposed to when the moulage isn’t there and they can take their time and go through the motions.”
Dr Brennen worked with professional make-up outfit TraumaSim to bring the scenarios to life.