Hartford Deserves Better
At Hartford Hospital, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training involves performing invasive surgical procedures on live pigs. Specifically, Hartford Hospital 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—including Yale’s—in the United States and Canada use nonanimal methods for trauma training. 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.
Hartford Hospital continues the inhumane practice of using live pigs to train physicians even though it owns the TraumaMan System in its very own Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation. The hospital could stop the use of pigs immediately. Please take action and tell Hartford Hospital president Jeffrey Flaks to end Hartford Hospital’s animal lab.