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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.
Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Sponsored by: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is planning to use LIVE pigs for a trauma training course starting on October 14th
The use of live animals to train physicians in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses is cruel and totally unnecessary. Animals experience trauma when confined and shipped, and like us, they feel pain. While 95 percent of the U.S. institutions that offer ATLS courses have switched to more effective human-based simulators, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) seems to have little regard for the lives of animals, using and ultimately killing pigs to train doctors despite the existence of alternatives.
UPMC conducts the only ATLS program in Pennsylvania that continues to use animals.
Hurry -- the pigs will face the operating table on October 14th!
Tell the UPMC's executive vice president and chief medical officer that it's unacceptable to use live animals for the institution's trauma training course.
Dear Dr. Webster,
I am writing to ask that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center immediately end the cruel and unnecessary use of live animals in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. UPMC is among only 5 percent of U.S. institutions that continues to use animals for these courses -- and the only on in Pennsylvania. The American College of Surgeons has approved the use of medical simulators for these courses and I urge you to replace animals with these superior human-based training tools.
[Your personal comments will be added here.]
Please make this change before UPMC's next ATLS course on October 14 and 15. Give the availability of alternative and your institution's previous commitment to medical simulation, there is no justification for the continued use of live animals.
Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.
[Your name here]
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Posted, Reposted, or Reported to you by spookie at Tuesday, October 05, 2010