Aseptic Technique in Rodent Surgery: Batch Surgery
Key points to note
- Aseptic techniques can be maintained throughout a series of procedures but the use of an assistant becomes almost essential.
- After completing the first procedure, the surgeon lifts and disposes of the sterile drape.
- The assistant then moves the animal to a recovery area, or directly into a warm incubator.
- The next animal to undergo surgery is then anaesthetised, clipped, positioned on the table and a skin preparation undertaken by the assistant.
- Ideally, the surgeon will use a new set of instruments, but it is acceptable to use a hot bead steriliser to re-sterilise the tips of the instruments.
- If a new set of instruments is to be used, the surgeon should re-glove before handling them.
- This can be done without the need to re-gown.
- The surgeon re-drapes the animal using a new sterile drape and carries out surgery.