Washington University stops intubation training using cats

1 year 11 months 1 day ago Monday, October 17 2016 Oct 17, 2016 Monday, October 17, 2016 8:09:21 PM CDT October 17, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University in St. Louis has stopped using sedated cats to train medical students how to insert breathing tubes down the throats of babies, effectively ending the practice in the U.S., according to a medical ethics group.

The Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement on Monday that after a "significant investment" in its simulation center, it will now provide neonatal intubation training using only mannequins and advanced simulators.

The university said improvements in simulators make the change possible. Cats currently at the university are being adopted by medical center employees.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a medical ethics non-profit, applauded the decision. The committee said the St. Louis program was the last of the 198 U.S. pediatrics programs still using cats.

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