Dear PCRM supporter,
We need your help to stop the abuse of animals by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Please ask the school to end the use of animals for training anesthesiologists today.
In the Biannual Hands On Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) needles and catheters are placed in the veins and arteries of live pigs. These procedures are repeated numerous times on each pig. Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary.
So far, the responsible UTHSCH faculty and administrators have ignored pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail UTHSCH department of anesthesiology chair Carin Hagberg, M.D., and urge her to end this cruel and unnecessary practice before the next workshop, scheduled for July. Send an automatic e-mail.
Pigs are anatomically incorrect for this training. In contrast, Simulab's CentraLineMan System is a human-based medical simulator designed to provide physicians with the opportunity to learn ultrasound-guided catheter placement, while the company's Deep Vessel Venipuncture Pad is designed to teach ultrasound guided needle placement in difficult-to-reach veins.
In addition, Blue Phantom's Branched 4 Vessel Ultrasound Training Block was designed to help physicians develop, practice, and maintain the skills necessary for ultrasound-guided venous and arterial access procedures. The abundance of purpose-designed replacements makes it clear that there is no ethical or medical justification for continuing to use pigs to teach these procedures.
Thank you for all of your help.
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs