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1/12/10: Ask Vanderbilt To Go Animal-Free In All Trauma Training
Pigs, like dogs and cats, are commonly used in surgical training…as well
as other experiments. Babies such as those above are bred to harvest
their organs for human transplants. PHOTO: Richard Austin; SOURCE:
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Office Of Research
Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health
Affairs; Dean, School of Medicine
D-3300 MCN 2104
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1211 Medical Center Drive / Nashville, TN 37232
ph: 615-936-3030; email: email@example.com
Gordon R. Bernard, M.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research:
Kenneth J. Holroyd, MD, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research:
Dan Roden, MD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Personalized Medicine:
Jeanne Wallace, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research:
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Dr. Jeffrey R. Balser, Dean, School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University
Medical Center Office of Research:
Please permanently switch to validated non-animal systems for all Vanderbilt
University School of Medicine Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) classes. I
urge you to join over 90% of U.S. and Canadian facilities that exclusively
use human-focused medical simulators to train students.
I understand one Vanderbilt ATLS program required trainees to slice the
airways of live pigs to place tubes and needles in the animals’ hearts and
chest cavities. Emergency medical training is better served by relevant and
humane non-animal modes.
TraumaMan’s anatomical body facilitates practice of lifesaving skills and
reduces trainee dropout rates. The American College of Surgeons endorses
TraumaMan System, SimMan, human cadavers and other synthetic models.
Overall, animal-free research cuts costs and improves proficiency. For
example, a New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the “very
detailed feedback and…more subtle measurement of trainee performance”
gained from virtual reality simulators.
Dr. Emad Aboud — co-inventor of a system that pumps specially dyed water
into a human cadaver’s vessels and arteries — says animal-free models are
cheaper and more accurate. “This is the perfect alternative to the use of
live animals in surgical training,” claims Aboud, a neurosurgeon fellow at
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage Vanderbilt to update its
trauma-management training with methods more relevant to human anatomy and
surgery. Killing animals is no longer viable, given the accessibility of
capable non-animal technologies.
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center to perform medical procedures on live pig
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