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Updated Sep 16, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Healthcare goes Hollywood in Scottsdale

Doctors, nurses and others participate in classes on how to create realistic looking injuries for participants in an upcoming disaster drill. The "Moulage training took place at the Scottsdale Healthcare Military Training Center. (Photo by Jim Cross/KTAR)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Dozens of medical pros are now well versed in theatrical makeup but not for the reason you may expect.

Over the past two days doctors, nurses and others have created realistic looking injuries, such as, severe lacerations, burns, deep cuts and fallout contamination. They are gearing up for two upcoming large scale disaster prep drills in Arizona.

Stephanie Ruiz with Maricopa Integrated Health Systems says, "It's hard enough to deal with people in a quote, unquote fake disaster situation, this allows for a more realistic view of the injuries of a mass casualty situation."

Flight Doctor Eric Desoucy is stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson and he feels this gives drills a better sense of realism.

"Gets your heart pounding a bit and makes you think more about what your seeing during the mass casualty drills," Desoucy said.

Sandra Nunes from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale said the basic knowledge she had prior to this class exceeded her expectations and the class is ‘admiring each others ability when it comes to the makeup techniques to create injuries.'"

Angel Thunder will evacuate disaster victims to Scottsdale Healthcare October 11-12.

PHOTOS: Disaster injury moulage classes in Scottsdale


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