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Surgical Resources


Guidelines for Aseptic Survival Surgery on Rodents



Animal Preparations

  1. After anesthesia induction, the hair should be removed from the site where the incision will be made.
  2. After the hair has been removed, the site should be thoroughly scrubbed with a detergent solution to remove superficial flora, soil, or debris which interfere with antisepsis. The area should be scrubbed by starting at the incision site and working towards the perimeter. There are several antiseptic agents to choose from each with its own indications and contraindications:
    • Iodine in Alcohol or Iodophors (e.g. Betadine®): A good choice for a surgical preparation with a broad spectrum of activity, including Mycobacterium. Action is rapid and persistent if not removed
    • Tinctures of Chlorohexidine (e.g. Nolvasan®): The 4% aqueous solution effectively cleans the skin with a rapid onset of activity primarily due to the alcoholic component of the tincture. It has the added benefits of a prolonged activity that alcohol alone does not provide. Chlorhexidine has a broad spectrum of activity with minimal inactivation.
    • Alcohol: 70% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol are less effective than other agents, but probably still effective under most circumstances for rodents. For additional comments on the appropriateness of alcohol see the “Position Statement on the Use of Alcohol as a Disinfectant/Sterilant for Rodent Aseptic Surgery” One should be cautioned that evaporation of alcohol decreases the patients' body temperature and may induce hypothermia.
  3. When detergents are used, they must be rinsed from the skin with sterile water or sterile saline prior to surgery. Alcohol may be used, but note the potential for decreased body temperature.
  4. Application of antiseptic solution to kill or inhibit more adherent, deep bacterial residents may be indicated. Povidone iodine or iodophor solutions may be sprayed or daubed onto the surgical site after the initial scrub and rinse.
  5. Ideally, where major survival surgery is done the surgical site should be covered with a sterile drape. This should be done once the surgeon is gloved.