This is a very cool story that I stumbled upon on Boston.com. Special effects company Fractured FX is now working with Boston Children’s simulator program, SIMPeds, to create a new generation of lifelike mannequins/simulators. (Fractured FX won an Emmy this fall for American Horror Story: Freak Show.)
These mannequins, used in training, are not the hard-plastic dolls of old. Physicians using this new breed of simulator will no longer have to cut through hard plastic mannequins with tubes for blood vessels (the old technology). Instead, they’ll puncture a soft layer of realistic baby skin, dissect through subcutaneous fat and spread muscles that look and feel like the real thing. This is really an amazing development. Here’s a link to the story found on Boston Children’s Hospital’s Science and Clinical Innovation Blog. Check out the video below.