After learning from
PETA about the many benefits of using humanlike simulators instead of animals
for teaching emergency medical skills, the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)
has confirmed that it has ended the use of cats for intubation training in its
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. In the course, cats had plastic
tubes repeatedly thrust down their delicate throats as many as 10 times per
training session—or nearly 50 times per year. Repeated intubation in cats can
cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death. But
from now on, NMCSD will only use sophisticated non-animal simulators that
replicate human anatomy and physiology for the PALS course. NMCSD has also
confirmed that it has started the adoption process for the cats who were previously
used in the facility's PALS course.
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