Temporary tattoos to aid in medical training


Bethesda, MD, September 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Remedy Simulation Group recently announced the availability of PaperCut Trauma Temporary Tattoos for public use as part of trauma training. Elizabeth (Betsy) Weissbrod, an employee of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) at Uniformed Services University (USU), developed these economical and quick tattoos at Val G Hemming Simulation Center (VGHSC) as part of military trauma training.

“The concept evolved from an event at the National Museum of Health and Medicine involving scratched paint on athletes,” Weissbrod said. “It’s about physically painting the muscles of a model’s skin so that viewers can relate structure and function to the underlying anatomy. By using commercially available temporary tattoo paper, we were able to create accurate illustrations that we could apply quickly, reducing the cost and time required to complete this crucial training.

The tattoo technology was licensed to GA Whiteside LLC and Remedy Simulation LLC through the USU-HJF Joint Technology Transfer Office. Thanks to a Rapid Innovation Funding Grant (RIF) from the Advanced Medical Technology Initiative (AAMTI), the VGHSC has increased the number of illustrations to over 100, illustrating various injuries and conditions. Samples of tattoos were given to 49 establishments (17 military, 32 civilians). Feedback from these sites helped refine the illustrations as well as the application and removal instructions.

The tattoos were also submitted to the Professional Dimensional Media category of the Association of Medical Illustrators’ annual show 2019. They received an award of excellence for being an “illustration meeting the highest standards of the profession”.

Remedy Simulations Group has made temporary tattoos available to the public. They can be purchased from the Remedy Simulation Group website at https://remedysim.com/collections/emergency-services.

About HJF: The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global, non-profit organization whose mission is to advance military medicine. HJF’s scientific, administrative and program operations services enable investigators, clinicians and medical researchers around the world to make medical discoveries in all areas of medicine. With over 35 years of experience, HJF serves as a trusted and responsive link between the military medical community, federal and private partners, and the millions of combatants, veterans and civilians who benefit from military medicine. For more information, visit hjf.org.


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