Ask Massachusetts General Hospital and Baystate Medical Center to End the Use of Live Animals in Trauma Training Courses

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Originally Posted: 26 March 2011

Ask Massachusetts General Hospital and Baystate Medical Center to End the Use of Live Animals in Trauma Training Courses

[Ed. Note: VICTORY: As of 5/7/11: Massachusetts General Hospital has Ended its Lethal Use of Sheep in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Courses. Thank you for all your work for animals!]

[Ed. Note: There have been many hospitals and medical training programs who HAVE ended the use of live animals! Examples: Two Canadian Medical Facilities END the Use of Rabbits and Pigs in Trauma Training, Victory in Alabama! Simulator Replaces Live Pigs in Trauma Training, Canadian Medical Schools End Live Animal Labs Course.]

FROM  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

ACTION

Tell Massachusetts General Hospital president Peter Slavin, M.D., and Baystate Medical Center president Mark Tolosky to immediately replace the use of live animals in their hospitals’ Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses.

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Peter D. Slavin
President
Massachusetts General Hospital
25 New Chardon Street, Suite 400 D
Boston MA 02114
Main phone (617) 726-2000

Mark Tolosky
President
Baystate Medical Center
online email form
phone (413) 794-5890

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Please replace the use of live animals in your ATLS course with superior nonanimal alternatives.

Your medical center is among only five percent of ATLS courses in the United States and Canada that continues to use live animals for this type of training.

Since your hospital already owns the American College of Surgeons-approved TraumaMan System, there is no justification for the continued use of live animals.

MORE TALKING POINTS

I am writing to ask that you immediately replace the use of live animals in your Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. This practice is cruel and outdated. In fact, your medical center is among only five percent of ATLS courses in the United States and Canada that continues to use live animals for this type of training. Your hospital already owns the American College of Surgeons-approved TraumaMan System, so there is no justification for the continued use of live animals. Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!