Dear PCRM supporter,
Please join me and PCRM physician members in Springfield, Mass., on April 19 to help end Baystate Medical Center's use of live pigs in trauma training. PCRM members have sent more than 52,000 e-mails to Baystate Medical Center faculty and administrators asking them to end the use of live animals in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training. However, the decision-makers at Baystate don't seem to be getting the message that 98 percent of ATLS courses are taught with nonanimal methods—including human-based simulators.
Whether you can attend this demonstration or not, please sign this petition to Baystate president Mark Tolosky asking him to replace the use of pigs in ATLS training.
You can follow this event on Facebook.
Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family within driving distance of Springfield, Mass., and ask them to join our demonstration.
At Baystate Medical Center, ATLS training involves making an incision between the pig's ribs, inserting tubes and needles into the chest cavity, inserting a needle into the abdominal cavity, and inserting a needle under the breast bone and into the sac surrounding the heart. At this point, the pig is killed and course participants are instructed to make incisions in the animal's throat, into which a tube is inserted. Baystate continues this inhumane practice even though validated human-based medical simulators are available. In fact, Baystate has its very own simulation center that owns one of these simulators so the switch can be immediate. Despite this Baystate continues to use live pigs to train surgeons.
Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Mazur at email@example.com.
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