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PETA donates patient simulators to nurse group

Monday August 15, 2011
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The National Association of Neonatal Nurses will receive 30 newborn patient simulators and task trainers courtesy of PETA and the McGrath Family Foundation of San Diego. The simulators will help NANN improve training for staff nurses and neonatal nurse practitioners who treat critically ill newborns while replacing the use of animals to teach lifesaving emergency procedures such as inserting tubes into umbilical blood vessels, draining fluid from the chest cavity and extracting spinal fluid.

"This donation is literally a lifesaver: It will advance training for the care of newborn babies while keeping animals out of harm's way," PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo said in a news release. "We applaud NANN for embracing modern simulation models and replacing the use of animal labs."

NANN joins the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association as groups that use only simulators in their medical training programs. According to the news release, studies have shown training on simulators is superior to training on animals in preparing medical providers to treat infants and newborn babies.

"PETA's donation of medical simulators allows us to take our neonatal training program to the next level, above and beyond what we were able to achieve using animals," NANN Director of Education Steve Biddle said in the news release.

The new models will be unveiled during NANN's 27th annual Educational Conference, which takes place Sept. 14-17 in Orlando. NANN represents more than 7,500 members who provide evidence-based care to high-risk neonatal patients.

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