As medical professionals, doctors are expected to maintain their composure and analytical thinking, no matter the situation in front of them. They are expected to know what to do in an emergency situation, and help to stabilize the people caught up in it, and exert a calming and effective influence on those around them. Think about it. Imaging you were involved in a multi-car accident and there were many people injured. Someone rushing on the scene, claiming to be a doctor and immediately attending to the wounded would really help to calm people down.
But what about the doctor himself/herself? How does that individual prepare for these types of situations?
One might assume that doctors are used to seeing the “blood and guts” type of stuff. But let me assure you that there is a big difference in witnessing a controlled operation where a person has been carefully opened up, and seeing a trauma victim with innards exposed. It is just not the same thing at all.
Also, with the way the world is going, terrorist attacks are all too frequent, and you never know when one may occur, so medical professionals, even office doctors, need to be ready.
So what kind of training can prepare one for this type of grisly work? Well, there are trauma preparation activities that can be participated in. But one major ingredient is the use of a moulage kit.
Moulage consists of dressing up an actor with false wounds. These can be as simple as small cuts, to complex and gory like having broken bones exposed and other innards becoming visible. This type of reenactment can help to mentally prepare those who may be called upon to assist in times of crisis.
The training itself is important too, and there is also an element of chaos present in times of emergency.
The better prepared people are, the more lives can be saved.