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News and briefs: Philly hospital to stop using cats for residency education

Residency Program Insider, August 14, 2012

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Following a number of similar policies making news this year, Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia says it will stop inserting breathing tubes into cats to teach residents the skill. The practice is used as a method of practice when inserting the tubes to treat premature babies, according to an article in Philly.com.

The hospital used simulators for the exercise, but believes using cats was a better way of preparing residents for mastering the skill. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed the complaint over the use of cats with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to a statement from the hospital, no cats were harmed during training and the USDA found no violations in its investigation.

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