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Surgical Resources


Guidelines for Aseptic Survival Surgery on Rodents



Background


The National Institutes of Health has established recommendations for conducting rodent survival procedures, and along with the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals ("The Guide"), specifies that survival procedures conducted on rodents are to be performed using aseptic technique. The Guide states that "Aseptic technique includes preparation of other patient, such as hair removal and disinfection of the operation site: preparation of the surgeon, such as the provision of decontaminated surgical attire, surgical scrub, and sterile surgical gloves; sterilization of instruments, supplies, and implanted material and the use of operative techniques to reduce the likelihood of infection" (p.62). Emory University policy requires that all vertebrate animal-use protocols, regardless of funding source, comply with federal regulations and NIH guidelines. While it is thought by some that rodents are somehow uniquely resistant to infection, there is no body of scientific evidence to substantiate this perception. In fact, rodents are not uncommonly used in surgical infection research.