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Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
DOD Funding of Animal Cruelty 2005: Ferret Endo-tracheal Intubation
Title: Ferret Endo-tracheal Intubation
Research Category: T1: Training, Education, and/or Instruction
FY: 2005 Funding (in dollars): 61,000
Responsible Organization: AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB/WRIGHT
Primary Contact: See Responsible Organization Information
City: Wright-Patterson AFB
Keywords: LABORATORY ANIMALS INTUBATION TRAINING PEDIATRIC
Objective: The objective of this effort is to train pediatric
medicine residents the techniques used to intubate newborn human
infants. Endotracheal intubation of infants is often conducted under
emergency life or death situations. The attending physician must be
highly skilled in this procedure regardless of his or her previous
experience in pediatric medicine. The anesthetized ferret is the animal
model used in this training.
Approach: During the training, the anesthetized ferrets
receive the same care as would be afforded a human newborn; the animal's
mouth is opened, the epiglottis is reflected forward, and a small tube
is gently inserted into the animal's trachea. The tube is then withdrawn
and the animal is allowed to recover from anesthesia. The ferrets are
not harmed in any way and they do not experience any pain or distress as
a result of this procedure.
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Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have
been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research
facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this
situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean
that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A
blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered
animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs,
sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90%
of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals
used at research facilities are not even counted.