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April 23, 2014, 9:41 am
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Group Protests Use of Live Pigs for Medical Training


A health care issue of a different sort drew some protestors to the SIU School of Medicine Tuesday.

 

A group of about 15 people picketed the school, objecting to its plans to use live pigs to train emergency room doctors on basic techniques, such as opening an airway.

 

The State Journal-Register reports that the group favors the use of computerized mannequins to simulate the procedures.

 

The protestors say most ER residency programs in the U.S. do not use live animals.

 

But SIU says that while it has not started the use of live pigs yet, it still intends to do so.

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