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Each year, pigs are being killed in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts. They need your help!
At Baystate, trainees are instructed to make incisions and insert tubes and needles into a pig's chest cavity, abdomen, throat, and the sac surrounding the heart. If the animals survive the invasive procedures, they are killed following the training session.
Innocent pigs don't deserve to suffer and die through this horrific practice! It's wrong, especially when there are superior, nonanimal training methods available. Every other ATLS program in Massachusetts uses only human-based methods for trauma training.
Sign the petition below to Baystate Medical Center staff now! Urge them to immediately replace the use of live pigs in the hospital's Advanced Trauma Life Support courses.
To: President Keroack, President Shendell-Falik, and Dr. Gross
I am writing to ask that you modernize and humanize trauma training at Baystate Medical Center by immediately ending the use of animals in your Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. Your medical center is among only one percent of ATLS programs in the United States and Canada that uses live animals for this type of training, while 299 other programs use only human-relevant methods. In addition, Baystate is the only ATLS site in Massachusetts to still use live animals.
In 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in six areas of medical training (including ATLS), because "sufficient simulation models [are] available to meet medical education and training needs." There can be no valid rationale for continued animal use in your facility's program since nearly all other ATLS programs do not use animals, the American College of Surgeons endorses simulation to replace ATLS animal use, and the Department of Defense has switched to nonanimal training methods.
I urge you to follow the prevailing standard of trauma training and immediately begin using only simulators and other human-relevant training methods in your ATLS program.