Tulane University in New Orleans informed the Physicians Committee that it has replaced the use of live pigs with the TraumaMan simulator to teach physicians in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. But the university says it might use pigs in the future.
Tulane’s use of simulators follows the Physicians Committee’s campaign that began in 2007 and had tremendous support from members, including local physician Leslie Brown, M.D. In 2010, Dr. Brown helped the Physicians Committee plan and hold a large public demonstration outside Tulane. She also signed the Physicians Committee’s state cruelty complaint against the school, and wrote to administrators. Supporters also sent more than 66,000 e-mails to Tulane.
Tulane’s ATLS training involved cutting into live, anesthetized pigs and practicing procedures such as inserting a tube and needle into the animals’ chest cavities and cutting into their throats. After the training session, the animals were killed.
Ask Tulane to continue using modern, human-based training. Please contact Tulane University School of Medicine senior vice president and dean Benjamin Sachs, M.B., to thank him for making the switch and to let him know that Tulane should continue nonanimal methods in ATLS training.
To contact Tulane, visit PCRM.org/Tulane.