End Baystate’s Animal Lab
Ask Baystate Medical Center to stop killing animals to teach human medicine. The hospital has the technology to end animal use today.
At Baystate, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training involves performing invasive surgical procedures on live pigs. Baystate instructs each ATLS course participant to make an incision between a pig’s ribs, through which a tube is inserted into the animal’s chest cavity; insert a needle into the chest cavity; insert a needle into the abdominal cavity; and insert a needle under the breast bone and into the pericardium (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.
Ninety-eight percent of ATLS courses in the United States and Canada use nonanimal methods for trauma training, including all six other ATLS programs in Massachusetts. Nonanimal training methods include the TraumaMan System, a realistic anatomical human body simulator that has lifelike human skin, subcutaneous fat, muscle, and blood vessels. TraumaMan is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons, the organization which oversees ATLS courses, and is widely used.
Baystate continues the inhumane practice of using live pigs to train surgeons despite the fact it has its very own state-of-the-art simulation center. The Baystate Simulation Center even owns a TraumaMan System, so the hospital could stop the use of pigs immediately. Please take action and tell Baystate president Mark Tolosky to end Baystate’s animal lab.