Teaching First Aid can be difficult, it is a very important and serious
subject but somehow, placing crisp white bandages onto an imaginary injury
just does not conjour up the image of a real accident.
Over the years, the Troop has come up with a number of ways of doing casualty simulation on a shoestring.
The Casualty Simulation Kit
|For the Kit you will need the following:-
Burns are great fun to play with. Not only do they look realistic but the blister will burst if handled too roughly.
This is what the Scouts really love, blood and guts!
|How To Make A Nasty Wound
|When you have finished with the basics you can really have fun.
Open fractures with bones sticking out of the ripped skin.
De-gloved fingers (see right) where the flesh has been ripped off the finger taking most of the bone with it (finger bent over, false stump made and a broken chicken bone used)
Let your imagination run riot!
So How do I use this in a Troop Night?
Well what we normally do is to have the Patrols decide on a plausible
accident and the dress up one of the Patrol as an accident victim. After
half an hour of casualty simulation the Patrols move to a neighbouring
Patrol's corner and must treat the casualty as best they can.
One warning though, post a warning on the Scout Hall door. Some of the wounds can look very real and can cause the GSL/ADC/DC/Parents to panic.
Another thing, although this is not real and the Scouts know it is all fake, some Scouts can get a bit queasy about this so it is a good idea to have an alternative for them to do in another room
Smith Guide to making Blood and Flesh
To make flesh, you will need the following:-
|Put all the indredients into a pan, stir and cook until the mixture
forms a soft ball.
Couldn't be easier.
Making the flesh to the correct skin tone depends largely upon what
skin tones you have in you Troop. I can get away with the bog standard
pink tone most of the time. Minor variations in the pink skin can be dealt
with by make up.
To make blood, you will need the following:-
|Make a paste of flour and a little water and blend it into the rest
of the water.
Slowly bring to a simmer and stir constantly until the mixture just begins to thicken.
The exact amount you will need will depend upon the number of Scouts you have, however I rarely use more than a cupful. nothing looks more fake than buckets of blood!
The mixture should be used quickly as it will thicken on standing.
Some food colourings can stain clothes or skin. Please try it out before you use it otherwise you may end up with a huge cleaning bill, multi-coloured Scouts and a queue of irate Scout parents.