Wound Packing is a skill that needs to be practiced perfectly many times to develop an acceptable level of skill that will not be affected by physiological response to stress. The techniques are relatively simple but can be hard to duplicate in action without practice.
I made these improvised wound packing simulators from Yoga Block. Using a drill and a Red Sharpie Paint Marker, I hollowed out different wound channels and then coloured them with paint marker. Most of the channels have smaller entrances and widen out within the block. I may add a blood bag with tubing in the future. But, I will need to decide if the time lost in cleaning up is worth the lost repetitions. There is only so much time available during a course and additional clean up will eat up that time.
These DIY simulators offer significant advantage from a training point of view:
- the rectangular shape allows the simulator to lay flat without shift to allow the student to concentrate on the skill development;
- the foam can easily be adapted to different wound modalities;
- the foam is robust and will allow for hundreds of repetitions;
- they are inexpensive; and
- they are highly mobile and easy to transport from location to location
This improvised training simulator is inexpensive, robust and effective. They will be included in all my TacMed courses without LTT.