TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - CHEO is a global leader in pediatric health care providing world-class compassionate care and leading edge treatment for children and youth. The work that CHEO does is inspiring and groundbreaking; constantly innovating within the medical field to improve the lives of the patients they care for. Like other medical training institutions, CHEO works hard to create realistic simulations that allow for medical professionals to receive the training and practice they need to acquire new skills. It can be difficult to replicate injuries, burns and illnesses that are lifelike for these training simulations. After some research into burns, CHEO's Dr. Stephanie Davenport realized there was an opportunity to make improvements in training and care.
Enter, CMU College of Makeup Art & Design. CMU Instructors and the community that surrounds them comprises the top trained prosthetic artists in the world. While the prosthetics work these artists create is normally for the movie industry, there is a growing crossover between medicine and film prosthetics and CMU College is proud to be apart of this trend.
Both the medical and film industry utilize the same process to create a prosthetic appliance, whether for a new nose on an actor or a new nose on a real patient. While the application process and permanency of the noses may be drastically different, the art, detail and materials that go into creating the appliance are the same. The artistry behind prosthetics can also be extremely helpful when it comes to creating those much-needed realistic medical simulations. Prosthetic Makeup Artist and former CMU instructor, Neil Morrill- who is known for his work on films such as Suicide Squad, It, Hannibal and The Strain (to name a few), was brought on to this project by CMU College. Using Neil's skills as a renowned artist, he was guided by medical reference images supplied by Stephanie and Dr. Claudia Malic, a pediatric plastic surgeon at CHEO to create realistic pieces that represent different injuries, illnesses and burns. With the simulation child doll CHEO provided to CMU College and the expertise of Stephanie and Claudia, Neil and his team were able to create moulds of the doll to help fit the prosthetic pieces. The finished products are suits for a number of injuries and illnesses that can be fitted to the doll. If needed for the simulation, a little gel and fake blood can be added to the suit making this training resource that much more realistic. The doll is being used to train medical professionals and students working for CHEO, so they are prepared for an array of situations that can show up in the hospital, but thankfully don't happen every day.
This is not the first time CMU College has crossed over into the medical field. Previously CMU custom designed a one-week program for Ontario's air ambulance service ornge. The paramedics that work for ornge serve on the front line of emergencies, thus they need to be fully prepared to handle the worst-case scenario when they arrive on scene. In consultation with ornge, CMU College created a number of commonly found injuries and taught the trainers how to create realistic simulated accident environments. This way the paramedics who are first on scene are able to evaluate the severity of the injuries and act accordingly as they will have received ample training in the simulated environment.
CMU College is proud to lend our world-class artists to institutions such as CHEO and Ornge. To be apart of innovation in any form is always rewarding but especially when it can help to benefit the lives of the sick or injured. A special thank you to the wonderfully talented Prosthetic Makeup Artist, Neil Morrill and to the exceptionally trained Alumni of CMU College that helped to make this project come to life.
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