Posted by: kinshipcircle | August 3, 2009

STOP LIVE CAT LABS AT ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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8/1/09: Stop Live Cat Labs At St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Peta cartoon
Internationally syndicated and animal-friendly cartoonist Dan Piraro created
a comic for PETA
in his own characteristic style that highlights the
inadequacy of using live animals to teach medical professionals how to treat
human infants. http://www.peta.org/pdfs/dan_piraro_comic.jpg

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CONTACT INFORMATION
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cdunagan@bjc.org, Gunn_J@kids.wustl.edu, shapirol@msnotes.wustl.edu

FULL CONTACT INFORMATION:
William “Clay” Claiborne Dunagan, MD, MS
Vice President, Center for Health Care Quality and Effectiveness
BJC Healthcare, Mail Stop 90-66-500
4444 Forest Park Ave., Suite 500; St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
ph: 314-286-2170; fax: 314-286-2123
email: cdunagan@bjc.org

Joseph Gunn, MD, Medical Director, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Emergency Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
1 Childrens Place; St Louis, MO 63110-1002
ph: 314-454-6111, 314-454-2341; fax: 314-454-4345
email: Gunn_J@kids.wustl.edu

Larry Shapiro, M.D., Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs And Dean
Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8106
660 S. Euclid Avenue; St. Louis, MO 63110
ph: 314-362-6827
email: shapirol@msnotes.wustl.edu

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Dear Dr. Dunagan, Dr. Gunn, and Dean Shapiro:

I am surprised St. Louis Children’s Hospital still relies upon live animal
labs for its Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) curriculum. I
respectfully urge you to replace the use of cats in intubation drills with
synthetic models such as sophisticated simulators and manikins.

PALS course sponsor, the American Heart Association (AHA), doesn’t require
or promote animal use. Nonetheless, cats undergo multiple exercises in which
plastic tubes are pushed through their windpipes. Students are encouraged to
learn from their mistakes. But in this case, the “mistakes” are live cats
who can bleed, swell and scar. Their lungs may collapse and improperly
routed tubes can kill them.

Most PALS facilities nationwide now use human-focused models alone.
Simulators yield data relevant to pediatric treatment because size and
location of internal organs resemble human anatomy more precisely.
Simulators also let trainees repeat procedures as often as necessary.

Animal-free learning tools cut overhead to confine, feed and destroy cats. A
timely New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the “very detailed
feedback and…more subtle measurement of trainee performance” gained from
virtual reality simulators. The article summarizes: Inanimate models are
“safe, reproducible, portable, readily available, and…cost-effective.”

Please drop live animal exercises for the PALS course and any other airway
instruction. Medical training is better served by applicable and humane
non-animal technologies.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Ian Smith, M.A., Research Associate, Laboratory Investigations Division
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:
IanS@peta.org

Help Cats Used In Training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1686

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