Ask the Air Force to Replace the Use of Pigs in Combat Trauma Training Course

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We need your voice. Today, PCRM filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act for using live pigs in a trauma training course for physicians. Please help this effort by asking UPMC to end this animal use [hyperlink to Convio e-mail page] before the next course takes place on Oct. 14 and 15.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses teach procedures designed to treat acute trauma injuries. The American College of Surgeons, which oversees ATLS courses, has approved the use of human patient simulators such as the TraumaMan System to teach these courses, yet UPMC continues to use live pigs. In these courses, numerous invasive procedures are practiced on anesthetized pigs. At the end of each course, the pigs are killed.

So far, UPMC executive vice president and chief medical officer Marshall W. Webster, M.D., has ignored pleas to change this method. Please help us by calling [hyperlink to Convio call page] or e-mailing Dr. Webster today [hyperlink to Convio e-mail page] and urging him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice. Send an automatic e-mail.

Marshall W. Webster, M.D.
Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
E-mail: hepflcl@upmc.edu
Phone: 412-647-1912

UPMC is among only 5 percent of U.S. institutions using animals for these courses. Furthermore, UPMC already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could easily provide nonanimal training methods for ATLS courses.

Please call [hyperlink to Convio call page] or e-mail [hyperlink to Convio e-mail page] Dr. Webster today and ask him again to join the 95 percent of institutions that use human-based trauma training methods.


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