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Ask the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to End the Use of Pigs in Anesthesia Training

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We need your help to stop the abuse of animals by theUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Please ask the school to end theuse of animals for training anesthesiologists. [hyperlink to Convio e-mailpage] today.

In the Biannual Hands On Ultrasound Guided RegionalAnesthesia Workshop at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston(UTHSCH) needles and catheters are placed in the veins and arteries of livepigs. These procedures are repeated numerous times on each pig. Nonanimal trainingmethods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completelyunnecessary.

So far, the responsible UTHSCH faculty and administratorshave ignored pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail UTHSCH department ofanesthesiology chair Carin Hagberg, M.D. and urge her to end this cruel and unnecessary practice before the nextworkshop, scheduled for July. Send an automatic e-mail.

Pigs are not even anatomically correct for this training. Incontrast, Simulab's CentraLineMan System is an anatomically correct human-basedmedical simulator designed to provide physicians with the opportunity to learnultrasound guided catheter placement, while the company's Deep VesselVenipuncture Pad is designed to teach ultrasound guided needle placement indifficult to reach veins. Blue Phantom's Branched 4 Vessel Ultrasound TrainingBlock was designed to help physicians develop, practice, and maintain theskills necessary for ultrasound-guided venous and arterial access procedures. Theabundance of purpose-designed replacements makes it clear that there is no ethicalor medical justification for continuing to use pigs to teach these procedures.

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