Posted by: kinshipcircle | February 7, 2010

Ask Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center To Go Animal-Free In All Trauma Training

2/5/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE – NOW ONE LIST…ONE VOICE FOR ANIMALS

Ask Vanderbilt To Go Animal-Free In All Trauma Training


Pigs, like dogs and cats, are commonly used in surgical training and other experiments. Babies like those above are bred to harvest their organs for human transplants. PHOTO: Richard Austin; SOURCE: Dailymail.co.uk

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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
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1211 Medical Center Drive / Nashville, TN 37232
ph: 615-936-3030; email: jeff.balser@vanderbilt.edu

Gordon R. Bernard, M.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research:
gordon.bernard@vanderbilt.edu
Kenneth J. Holroyd, MD, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research:
kenneth.holroyd@vanderbilt.edu
Dan Roden, MD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Personalized Medicine:
dan.roden@Vanderbilt.Edu
Jeanne Wallace, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research:
jeanne.wallace@vanderbilt.edu

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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 models.

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.

Thank you,



Each day differs, as ARCH members in Haiti encounter unrest in the streets
and other obstacles. Still — on a good day — they may treat some 44 dogs,
15 cats, goats and pigs…

As acute needs are met, focus also turns to the lasting welfare of Haiti’s animals. ARCH is working with the Haitian government to establish:  Mobile Clinic Relief / Vaccine Delivery / Temporary Vet Clinics Dog population and control study / Monitoring and Evaluation On-Site Project Management / and more…

As an ARCH member, Kinship Circle needs your help to:

  1. Contribute to long-term initiatives to make life better for Haiti’s animals.
  2. Fund travel costs for our responders on standby to deploy to Haiti.


PLEASE GIVE TO HAITI ANIMAL RELIEF:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/haiti

Banner photos, (c) WSPA/IFAW

Kinship Circle — a nonprofit network of animal disaster responders in the U.S. and Canada — has assembled a Haiti team currently on standby, including a veterinarian, vet tech, ACO, and adept first responders.

After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince and nearby areas, Kinship Circle joined animal protection groups worldwide to form Animal Relief Coalition of Haiti (ARCH), led by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS FOR THIS ALERT
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center to perform medical procedures on live pig
http://support.pcrm.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=33021.0&autologin=true
Help End Cruel Pig Lab at Vanderbilt University
http://pcrm.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=33021.0&dlv_id=38201

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