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Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
DOD Funding of Animal Cruelty 2005: Chest Tube Insertion
Using the Rabbit Model
Title: Chest Tube Insertion Using the Rabbit Model
Research Category: T1: Training, Education, and/or Instruction
FY: 2005 Funding (in dollars): 30,500
Responsible Organization: AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB/WRIGHT
Primary Contact: See Responsible Organization Information
City: Wright-Patterson AFB
Keywords: LABORATORY ANIMALS TRAINING PEDIATRIC CHEST TUBE
Objective: The purpose of this effort is to train pediatric
medicine residents in the proper method of inserting a chest tube. In
pediatric medicine, this procedure is performed relatively infrequently;
however, when it is employed, it is usually the only means of saving the
life of a critically ill infant. Because of the general lack of
opportunity to gain experience in this procedure in the clinical
setting, specialized training using an animal model is required.
Approach: The model employed in this training is the
anesthetized rabbit. The student performs the procedure under the direct
supervision of senior medical staff. Once the training has been
completed, each animal is humanely euthanized prior to its recovery from
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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.