Kinship Circle: Army Shoots Pigs To Teach Lifesaving Skills

July 24th, 2008 5:36 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM
Subject: Army Shoots Pigs To Teach Lifesaving Skills

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7/23/08: Army Shoots Pigs To Teach Lifesaving Skills

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Colonel Thomas P. Guthrie, Chief of Staff
25th Army Infantry Division
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857
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25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office; USARPAC Public Affairs Office; U.S. Department of Defense:

I am an advocate of viable research and training. Thus, I agree with medical professionals who find it unnecessary to gun down live pigs with M16A2 and M4 rifles. This drill — which occurred July 18, 2008 at U.S. Army Garrison at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii — relies upon old-fashioned animal experimentation to prepare combat medics for battlefield injuries.

Over 95% of American medical schools do not use animals in surgical training. Most Advanced Trauma Life Support courses have discarded live animal labs. The American College of Surgeons no longer recommends animal experimentation in its curriculum.

Please update Army trauma-management training to reflect modern science. I urge you to replace the maiming and killing of pigs with progressive techniques more relevant to humans.

For example, the American College of Surgeons sanctions Simulab’s TraumaMan for Advanced Trauma Life Support. The Combat Trauma Patient Simulation System “provide[s] realistic training” and has reduced trainee dropout rates from 23% to 6%, as reported the U.S. Navy publication CHIPS. Cadavers mechanically equipped to pump artificial blood through vessels can emulate live human surgery.

Overall, animal-free research cuts costs and improves skills. A timely New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the “very detailed feedback and…more subtle measurement of trainee performance” gained from virtual reality simulators. The article summarizes: Inanimate models are “safe, reproducible, portable, readily available, and…cost-effective.”

I respectfully ask the U.S. Army and Department Of Defense to evolve with the most humane and proficient technologies available. Please implement animal-free labs to instruct Army personnel in the management of critically wounded soldiers.

Thank you,

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Army shoots live pigs for medical drill

U.S. Army Shooting Live Pigs in Trauma Training

Army to Shoot Live Pigs for Medical Drill

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