Scott & White Memorial Hospital Pledges to End the Use of Live Pigs in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Courses

April 2007

Live pigs will no longer be subjected to cruel and invasive surgical procedures in Scott & White Memorial Hospital’s “Advanced Trauma Life Support” (ATLS) course. After hearing from PETA about a sophisticated human patient simulator called TraumaMan, a Scott & White executive wrote to us and agreed to end the ATLS animal labs in favor of the novel TraumaMan model: “[T]he Trauma Man System has been evaluated … and will be incorporated into our existing program as soon as possible. We are arranging the funding and curriculum revisions necessary to incorporate this technology to replace our … use of pigs in ATLS training. Every effort will be made to obtain rental equipment for our early February course.”

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