April 18, 2013Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D.Vice Chancellor for ResearchRussell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor of AnesthesiologyWashington University in St. LouisCampus Box 8027660 South Euclid AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63110Via e-mail:email@example.com Dear Dr. Kharasch,We were disappointed that you and your colleagues were not willing to meet todiscuss the allegations we mentioned in our April 10 email. As you haverequested, we are providing you with the information.PETA has obtained disturbing undercover video footage taken last month duringa cat intubation laboratory in the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courseconducted at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in conjunction withSt. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH). The footage, which you can view athttp://www.petapreview.com/4preview/cat_intubation_laboratory_preview.asp,contains evidence of inadequately anesthetized cats waking up in the middle of intubation procedures and being placed at risk for serious injury from excessiveintubation attempts. The video contains a troubling clip of a WUSTL laboratoryveterinarian grossly misrepresenting the American Heart Association’s (AHA)position against animal use in the PALS course to trainees. This information hasnow been provided to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the AmericanHeart Association.As PETA and a host of pediatric medical experts have communicated on dozensof occasions to WUSTL and SLCH faculty and administration since 2008, thereis absolutely no evidence showing that intubating cats improves clinicalperformance. Indeed, studies have found that those trained on human patientsimulators are more proficient than those trained using animal laboratories.
Thisis why out of the more than 1,000 PALS facilities, WUSTL is the
one thatstill uses animals for intubation training.
We urge you to immediately end these cruel and outdated exercises beforethe next PALS course takes place on May 30.