A new comprehensive video tutorial to help research workers apply best practice in aseptic surgical techniques in laboratory rodents has been produced by Newcastle University in collaboration with the NC3Rs
The first of its kind available freely in Europe to use video as opposed to text guidelines, the 'aseptic technique in rodent surgery' tutorial aims to provide easily achievable standards and improve animal welfare.
The tutorial with techniques that can be adopted by any facility was developed by leading expert Professor Paul Flecknell, Director of the Comparative Biology Centre at Newcastle University. These materials will help maintain and raise standards of aseptic surgical technique in research units.
Broken down into eight short videos, the tutorial allows researchers to reduce the risk of post-surgical wound infections which can negatively impact on results in addition to causing distress in laboratory animals.
Tutorials with an accompanying audio commentary cover all aspects of preparing and undertaking surgery including: instrument sterilisation; sterilisation of other materials; aseptic preparation of the animal, surgeon and surgical area; the surgical procedure and batch surgery.
This resource forms part of the NC3Rs' ongoing strategy to raise awareness about contemporary best practice.
Additional material is also available to allow trainers to incorporate the tutorial into their own courses, including a trainer's pack, downloadable video files and supplementary materials. It has been developed after consultation with experts across North America and Europe.
The 'aseptic technique in rodent surgery' tutorial can be viewed at http://www.procedureswithcare.org.uk
Find more resources from the the NC3Rs at www.nc3rs.org.uk