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.