Mind & Body

How Medical Simulation Makes Patients Safer

Though originally invented by a couple of teenage boys to torture the noses of their adversaries, the gag product Liquid Ass Spray has surpassed its original prank purpose. It's sometimes used in medical simulation, a training technique that gives medical students the experience of working on a real patient without the risks. In the most vivid simulations, technicians must create fake blood, urine, vomit, and feces to be released from medical mannequins at the right moment. In an article for Vice, medical simulation technician David Matney described the way he mixed Liquid Ass Spray with chocolate pudding, applesauce, canned corn, and peanuts to replicate feces in his simulations. Though this all may sound bizarre, it's doing patients a service.

Research shows that medical simulations help students better understand symptoms, know how to deal with complications, and learn to use medical tools so they're better equipped when faced with a real human patient. Find out more about how this prank became an asset to medical students, and learn more about how doctors are trained, with the videos below.

Behind The Scenes At A Medical Simulation Center

See how medical students learn to handle emergencies.

The Storied Origin of Liquid Ass Spray

An impressive history of a joke product.

Written by Curiosity Staff August 3, 2016

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