Tulane Shifts to Simulators for Trauma Training
After a long dispute, Tulane University in New Orleans has replaced the use of live pigs with the TraumaMan simulator to teach physicians in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses.
Tulane’s end of live pig use follows the Physicians Committee’s campaign that began in 2007 and had tremendous support from members, including local physician Leslie Brown, M.D., who helped PCRM plan and hold a large public demonstration outside Tulane in 2010. She also signed the Physicians Committee’s state cruelty complaint against the school, and she wrote to administrators. PCRM supporters sent more than 66,000 e-mails to Tulane.
Tulane’s ATLS training involved cutting into live, anesthetized pigs and practicing procedures such as inserting a tube and needle into the animals’ chest cavities and cutting into their throats. After the training session, the animals were killed.