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Re: making a wound abdomen
by Rebecca Collins - Friday, November 20, 2015, 11:27 AM

Use larger size craft foam from craft store (varied colors according to color of manikin). Trace the Laeradal wound abdomen overlay onto the craft foam to get the size of abdomen. Cut the size of the opening to the incision you want in the center of the foam abdomen. Use a thicker type kitchen sponge and hollow out the inside middle in shape of the incision also and tape or super glue to the foam underside of incision opening.  In other words the inside of the incision is the sponge, and the outer part of incision and skin surrounding it is the foam.  I painted the sponge with some red and pink paint or you may add some other colors to represent infection or drainage.   These can be used over and over even with dampness because it air drys easily on the sponge.  (just remember to remove any dressings before storing).  These can be used on manikins by making a velcro belt to attach around the manikin or just lay one on the manikin while someone holds it if only using for check offs or practice.  Takes a little time, but several can be made ahead of time for manikins and reuse frequently.  If using velcro to secure to manikins, I suggest the stronger hold velcro, and cut lengths to fit around manikins.  Another good thing is dressing's paper tape removes easily and you do not have the sticky residue as if using the Laerdal overlay wound