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Following Discussions With PETA, Center Decides to Use Only Modern and Humane Simulators
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Diego — Following discussions with PETA that began in 2009, the Naval Medical
Center San Diego (NMCSD) has confirmed that it will no longer use cats in a
cruel and archaic intubation training exercise in its Pediatric Advanced Life
Support (PALS) course. NMCSD will now use only state-of-the-art infant patient
simulators—which are recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA), the
sponsor of the PALS course—and all the cats who remain at the facility will be
adopted out into loving homes.
Medical Center San Diego's decision to stop shoving tubes down cats'
tracheas—which are nothing like a human baby's—will not only spare cats from
pain and suffering but also ensure that the center's medical professionals get
the best training possible," says PETA Vice President of Laboratory
Investigations Kathy Guillermo.
cats used in NMCSD's PALS course were declawed and subjected to intubation
training sessions up to five times per year for three years. Trainees would
force hard plastic tubes down the cats' delicate windpipes as many as 10 times
each session in a procedure that can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring,
collapsed lungs, and even death.
AHA states that it "does not endorse the use of live animals for PALS
training" and that it "recommends that any hands-on intubation
training for the AHA PALS course be performed on lifelike human manikins."
of the PALS course's codevelopers as well as several military pediatric medical
experts joined PETA in urging the NMCSD to end the cat laboratory. Unlike
animal-based methods, this technology allows participants to practice
procedures repeatedly on models that accurately replicate human anatomy. PETA
is now calling on the small number of other military facilities that continue
to use animals for intubation training to follow NMCSD's lead and end the
more information, please visit PETA.org.
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