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PETA's Donation of Human-Like Simulators for Advanced Trauma Life Support Course Replaces Animals Nationwide
For Immediate Release:August 2, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Cairo -- In a landmark move, Egypt has completely ended the
use of animals in its leading trauma training program, thanks to a donation of
human-patient simulators from PETA. The director of the Egyptian Life Support
Training Center (ELSTC) in Cairo contacted PETA earlier this year to explain
that participants in the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course felt
"very uncomfortable" with the animal laboratories, in which
participants injured and cut open live goats, who were later killed. The
director wanted to switch to modern simulation methods, such as Simulab's
TraumaMan simulator. TraumaMan has been shown to teach these lifesaving skills
better than cruel animal-based training, and it's in use in 95 percent of ATLS
courses in the U.S. and Canada. Now, with PETA's donation, 100 percent of ATLS courses
in Egypt use these simulators.
"No more animals will be used in ATLS training in
Egypt," ELSTC Director Dr. Abdelhakim T. Elkholy wrote to PETA.
Furthermore, because of the simulators' portability, Dr. Elkholy stated,
"With the help of PETA, now ATLS can be spread to every part in
"This donation will provide ATLS course participants in
Egypt with the best lifesaving training available and save scores of goats from
being mutilated and killed," says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory
Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "PETA invites any ATLS training facility
that has yet to switch to these modern simulators to contact us immediately for
The donation was made possible by The McGrath Family
Foundation of San Diego, which supports PETA's global work to replace animals
in laboratories with more effective and humane non-animal methods.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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