Help End the Use of Live Pigs for Trauma Training

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Originally Posted: October 1, 2008

Help End the Use of Live Pigs for Trauma Training

From Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

We need your help to end the cruel and unnecessary use of live pigs in trauma training courses at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark (UMDNJ).

Across the United States, more than 90 percent of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses are taught using only human-based simulators. But a handful of institutions like UMDNJ continue to use live animals. The American College of Surgeons, the ATLS oversight body, has approved non-animal models like the TraumaMan System, SimMan, and cadavers for these courses.

Please call, e-mail, fax, or write a letter to UMDNJ president William F. Owen Jr., M.D., and politely ask him to end animal use in the institutionís ATLS courses. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals.

William F. Owen Jr. M.D.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen Street, Room 1535
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07107-3007
phone (973) 972-4400
fax (973) 972-4429

On July 2, 2008, PCRM filed an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, citing the unlawful use of live animals by UMDNJ. The complaint cited an ongoing 2007-2008 survey by PCRM, which has so far received responses from 164 U.S. facilities offering ATLS courses. The survey found that 150 of those facilities (more than 90 percent) exclusively use non-animal models for instruction. In addition, the vast majority of those 150 facilities exclusively use the TraumaMan System, including Cooper University Hospital in Camden and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Cooper University Hospital is operated by UMDNJ.

If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Merkley at PCRM  by email or at (202) 686-2210, ext. 336.

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