Help Cats Used In Training at St. Louis Children's Hospital

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Originally Posted: 24 July 2009

Help Cats Used In Training at St. Louis Children's Hospital

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Please contact PALS Course Faculty Director Joseph Gunn, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Dean Larry Shapiro, and BJC Healthcare Vice President W. Claiborne Dunagan and urge them to replace the use of animals in the course (which will be offered next in August 2009) with one of the many effective, non-animal training methods available.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Joseph Gunn, PALS Course Faculty Director
One Children's Place Emergency Department
St. Louis, MO 63110
phone (314) 454-6111


St. Louis Children's Hospital still uses cats for intubation training exercises in its Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course, despite its inherent cruelty and the availability of manikins and advanced simulators that have proved to be superior to the use of animals. During the exercises, cats have plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their wind pipes, which can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, possible scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death.

The American Heart Association, which sponsors the PALS training course, has stated that it "does not require or endorse the use of animals in PALS courses," and that "the AHA recommends that any hands-on intubation training for the AHA PALS course be performed on lifelike human manikins." PETA has surveyed hundreds of PALS facilities across the country, and nearly every one uses non-animal methods for intubation training. In addition to saving animals, research shows that these simulation methods better prepare medical professionals to treat seriously ill or injured children because they more accurately replicate human anatomy and allow people to practice these skills repeatedly. One of the original developers of the PALS course has even stated that she is "adamantly opposed to the use of live or even dead animals in the American Heart Association PALS curriculum."

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