To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act'' or ``BEST Practices Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following: (1) The Department of Defense has made impressive strides in the development and use of methods of medical training and troop protection, such as the use of tourniquets and improvements in body armor, that have led to decreased battlefield fatalities. (2) The Department of Defense uses more than 6,000 live animals each year to train physicians, medics, corpsmen, and other personnel methods of responding to severe battlefield injuries. (3) The civilian sector has almost exclusively phased in the use of superior human-based training methods for numerous medical procedures currently taught in military courses using animals. (4) Human-based medical training methods such as simulators replicate human anatomy and can allow for repetitive practice and data collection. (5) According to scientific, peer-reviewed literature, medical simulation increases patient safety and decreases errors by healthcare providers. (6) The Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and other entities of the Department of Defense have made impressive strides in the development of methods for the replacement of live animal-based training. (7) According to the report...