PCRM recently called on Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to stop the inhumane use of cats for intubation training in its pediatrics residency program. The hospital listened and now uses humane simulation methods.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for joining the overwhelming majority of pediatrics residency programs in the United States that offer residents this compassionate and superior training method,” wrote PCRM senior medical adviser John J. Pippin, M.D., congratulating Nationwide. “I applaud you for making the right decision for pediatrics residents and their future patients.”
In his letter, Dr. Pippin also cited studies showing that simulators are superior to animals for this training: “Another study found that transport team members who were trained on simulators displayed higher proficiency in pediatric intubation (92 percent overall) than pediatrics residents who had learned pediatric intubation using cats (77 percent overall). The authors noted that ‘[t]raining on mannequins allows for greater concentration by the trainee on technique.’”
Simulators such as Premie HAL can completely replace the use of animals in pediatrics residency programs:
But a handful of programs, including the University of Washington, continue to use animals to teach intubation. In these programs residents repeatedly force breathing tubes down animals’ throats, causing tracheal bruising, bleeding, scarring, severe pain, and risking death. The animals suffer through multiple intubations and are used for several sessions.
To ask the University of Washington to use humane simulators instead of animals, visit PCRM.org/Pediatrics.