Written by Jeff Mackey
Thanks to a donation of simulation equipment from PETA, goats
will no longer have holes cut into their chests and necks and be killed for
trauma training exercises in Egypt.
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Earlier this year, PETA was contacted by Dr. Abdelhakim
Elkholy—director of the Egyptian
Life Support Training Center (ELSTC) in Cairo, who conducts Egypt's
only Advanced Trauma Life
Support (ATLS) course—requesting PETA's
help to switch from the cruel and crude use of goats to non-animal trauma
While Dr. Elkholy wanted to switch to Simulab Corporation's TraumaMan simulator for ATLS, budget limitations kept him from making the transition. PETA was pleased
to donate three TraumaMan simulators—thanks to the generous support of the McGrath
Family Foundation—so that the ELSTC can conduct ATLS courses without using any
Numerous studies have shown that the TraumaMan simulator
better prepares trainees to perform the lifesaving medical techniques taught in
ATLS than cruel animal labs. For this reason, TraumaMan and other simulators are
used instead of animals in nearly 95 percent of ATLS courses across the U.S. and
Canada—and now, thanks to PETA, in 100 percent of ATLS courses in Egypt. Because,
unlike animal labs, the simulators are portable and reusable, Dr. Elkholy's
team will now be able to offer lifesaving ATLS training at other sites across the
wrote: "With the help of PETA, now ATLS can be spread to every part in
Egypt. … No more animals will be used in ATLS training in Egypt after PETA['s]
donation [of] TraumaMan to [the] Egyptian Life Support Training Center …."
Please join PETA in urging federal officials to modernize U.S. military trauma training by completely replacing the use of
animals with superior simulation methods.
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