A medical facility from Morristown has come under fire, when several bioethical and animal rights groups have learned that the facility offered live-dog training for their ER residents.
Although it’s not uncommon for medical facilities to use live animals in order to teach residents how to perform various surgical techniques, in most cases hogs are being used.
However, several investigations have revealed that a single hospital from the Morristown employed live quadrupeds in order to teach common surgical procedures. According to the hospital’s spokespersons, these practices were part of the annual residency training, and all courses were held in a compound that was off-site.
After learning of the inhuman teaching method, several animal rights, and bioethical groups have paid for three large billboards through which they’ve attacked the hospital’s policy of using live-dog training.
A few days after the posters were erected in the city, a person speaking on behalf of Middletown’s medical facility declared that the hospital’s live-dog training policy was discontinued and that students will learn how to perform these procedures on human cadavers, medical simulators, and pigs.
In addition, the hospital’s spokesperson did not want to reveal from where the dogs came, and also mentioned that these training sessions took place off site. The spokesperson said that this was a one-time thing only and that it was necessary to perform the intervention on a live patient since the procedures cannot be demonstrated otherwise.
According to sources inside Morristown’s local hospital, after the students practiced their surgical techniques on the live dog, the quadruped was put to sleep.
It would seem that Morristown’s live-dog training policy wasn’t attacked only by animal rights group. The Physician’s Committee also got involved in the issue. They’ve declared that Morristown’s decision of ceasing live-dog training sessions is commendable.
However, they wanted to ascertain whether this was an isolated incident, or if there were more establishments which used this training technique. The Physician’s Committee surveyed over 150 hospitals from the United States.
According to the survey’s results, only 18 of them used live animals in order to exemplify standard emergency procedures, but they used only pigs.
As a form of apology, Morristown hospital’s spokesperson added that this type of training session was conducted in order to ensure the high-quality of the hospital’s medical services.
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