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Baystate Medical Center is scheduled to begin a trauma training course in which live pigs will have tubes and needles inserted into their chest cavities and hearts. Please tell Baystate that this needs to stop.

Please call or e-mail to Baystate Medical Center president and CEO Mark Tolosky and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course director Patrick Lee, M.D., F.A.C.S. Ask Mr. Tolosky and Dr. Lee to replace the use of pigs in all ATLS courses with validated nonanimal training methods. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals and improve medical education. Send an automatic e-mail to both men.

Mark Tolosky
President and CEO
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01199
Phone: 413-794-5890

Patrick Lee, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief, Surgical Critical Care
Baystate Surgical Associates
2 Medical Center Dr., Suite 505
Springfield, MA 01199
Phone: 413-794-7020

PCRM filed a federal animal welfare complaint on Baystate, alleging that the medical center is violating the Animal Welfare Act because it continues to use animals when alternatives exist that would alleviate pain and suffering.

While participants in the ATLS program at Baystate still use live pigs, 95 percent of U.S. ATLS programs use only human-based medical simulators like the TraumaMan System. Baystate owns tha TraumaMan System and could use it to replace the use of pigs immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact PCRM Manager of Humane Education Programs, Ryan Merkley at Thanks so much for your help!

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