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Temporary Tattoos to Assist in Medical Training

Gary Pettit
United States

Remedy Simulation Group recently announced the availability of PaperCut Trauma Temporary Tattoos for public use in trauma care training. Elizabeth (Betsy) Weissbrod, an employee of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) at the Uniformed Services University (USU), developed these cost and time-saving tattoos at the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center (VGHSC) as part of military trauma care training.

 

“The concept evolved from an event at the National Museum of Health and Medicine involving écorché painting on athletes,” said Weissbrod. “It involves physically painting muscles on the skin of a model so viewers can connect structure and function to the underlying anatomy. Utilizing commercially available temporary tattoo paper, we were able to create accurate illustrations that we could quickly apply, decreasing cost and time in conducting this crucial training.”

 

Elizabeth Weissbrod applying écorché painting on an athlete
Weissbrod applying écorché painting on an athlete. This type of painting helped to inspire the creation of the tattoos. 

 

The tattoo technology was licensed to GA Whiteside LLC and Remedy Simulation LLC through the USU-HJF Joint Office of Technology Transfer. Through an Advanced Medical Technology Initiative (AAMTI) Rapid Innovation Funding (RIF) grant, the VGHSC expanded the number of illustrations to more than 100, depicting various injuries and pathologies. Sample tattoos were given to 49 facilities (17 military, 32 civilian). The feedback from these sites assisted in refining the illustrations as well as the application and removal instructions.  

 

The tattoos were also submitted in the Professional Dimensional Media Category of the 2019 Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Salon. They received an award of excellence for being an “illustration meeting the highest standards of the profession.”

 

Remedy Simulations Group has made the temporary tattoos available for public use. They can be purchased on the Remedy Simulation Group website at https://remedysim.com/collections/emergency-services.

 

About HJF: The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global nonprofit organization with the mission to advance military medicine. HJF’s scientific, administrative and program operations services empower investigators, clinicians, and medical researchers around the world to make medical discoveries in all areas of medicine. With more than 35 years of experience, HJF serves as a trusted and responsive link between the military medical community, federal and private partners, and the millions of warfighters, veterans, and civilians who benefit from military medicine. For more information, visit hjf.org. 

About Remedy Simulation Group: Remedy Simulation Group is focused on medical education and training.  We use the best combination of traditional production methods and cutting edge technology to provide physical simulation solutions to the medical community.  Remedy offers our own line of Medical Simulation products developed with customer input and clinical experts.  All products are manufactured in the United States.  Our in-house design and manufacturing expertise allows us to provide innovative custom solutions to medical startups and other medical simulation companies via Contract Manufacturing. Speed and cost are addressed with the use of cutting edge 3D printing equipment.  Our Rapid Anatomy™ branded service allows us to develop products faster and provide the medical community with custom patient anatomy in a physical form you can hold and explore.  At Remedy Simulation Group we look forward to working with you to Improve the Standard of Practice!