PETA US Expands Successful US$2.9 Million Donation Program to Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and Others to Save Animals and Improve Medical Training

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2017

Accra – Hundreds of animals in Ghana will no longer be cut apart and killed in medical training courses, thanks to PETA US’ donation of two state-of-the-art TraumaMan surgical simulators, worth US$50,000.

Ghana will now use the TraumaMan simulator instead of animals to train doctors in their American College of Surgeons (ACS)–sponsored Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program. The ATLS program is the standard of care for the initial assessment and treatment of patients with traumatic injuries. TraumaMan – whose manufacturer, Simulab Corporation, collaborated with PETA US on the donation – is ACS-approved as a replacement for animal use in ATLS training. It replicates a breathing, bleeding human torso with realistic skin, tissue, ribs, and internal organs. Trainees in Ghana will no longer be required to cut crude holes into the chests, throats, abdomens, and limbs of thousands of live dogs, goats, pigs, and sheep each year.

Compared to animal-based exercises, TraumaMan systems are more portable, less costly, and reusable, and studies show that doctors who learn life-saving surgical skills on TraumaMan are more proficient than those who cut into animals, largely because these simulators actually mimic human anatomy.

“The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons is grateful for PETA’s donation of advanced TraumaMan human simulators that will provide realistic state-of-the-art training to surgeons and spare animals from being used in Advanced Trauma Life Support courses”, says Dr George Oduro, chair of emergency medicine at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. “The TraumaMan simulators will greatly help Ghana in her efforts to improve care for injured patients.”

The US Department of Defense and nearly all US civilian programs no longer use animals for ATLS training. This brings the total number of countries that have ended the use of dogs, pigs, goats, and sheep for crude medical training to 20, following PETA US donations over the last three years.

Photos of TraumaMan models donated by PETA US are available upon request. For more information, please click here.