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UW: Switch to Simulation

At the University of Washington (UW), live animals are used to train paramedics and flight nurses. Trainees make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube. This is performed many times by multiple paramedics on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely available and used by the rest of paramedic training programs in the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.

Human-based medical simulators such as Laerdal’s SimMan 3G and Gaumard’s Hal S3201can be used to teach all the procedures taught in UW’s paramedic training. In fact, UW even owns a SimMan 3G in its state-of-the-art simulation center. Simulab’s TraumaMan System (a realistic anatomical human body simulator approved by the American College of Surgeons that comes with lifelike human skin, subcutaneous fat, and muscle). SynDaver’s SynAtomy Cric can be used in this training as well.

Despite the availability of these human-based nonanimal methods, UW chooses to continue the inhumane practice of using live animals to train paramedics. Please take action and tell UW president Michael Young, to switch to simulation.

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