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Washington University Is Last Civilian Pediatrics Program Using Animals

Washington University is Last Civilian Pediatrics Program Using Animals

Signs reading “Wash. U.: Using Cats to Teach Human Medicine?” at PCRM’s October physician-led demonstration urged Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to move toward human-relevant research.

Although the university’s Saigh Pediatric Simulation Center allows residents “to develop skills and experience in managing complex situations and high-risk conditions,” pediatrics training at Washington University still involves using live cats and ferrets for endotracheal intubation.

This includes repeatedly forcing a plastic tube into the mouth and windpipe of a live cat or ferret. Animals used in this training procedure can suffer tracheal bruising, bleeding, scarring, severe pain, and even death.

The vast majority of pediatrics programs use purpose-designed infant and neonatal simulators, which mimic the airway of a low birth weight premature newborn.

Visit PCRM.org/Pediatrics to learn more about the benefits of simulators in pediatrics training.

 



Visit PCRM.org/Pediatrics to learn more about the benefits of simulators in pediatrics training.


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