IACUC TRAINING Update from AAALAC Assessment. May 2009. Search Strategies. Increase intensity of search strategies for alternatives to potentially painful procedures Inclusion of relevant key words (painful or distressful procedures) to address alternatives
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Search Strategies • Increase intensity of search strategies for alternatives to potentially painful procedures • Inclusion of relevant key words (painful or distressful procedures) to address alternatives • Rowland library assistance • Gongchao Yang • Increased oversight by IACUC reviewers
Utilization of microisolator tops for transport of rats from vivarium to labs Decrease allergen exposure to personnel Improved protection of colony animals Microisolator tops located on racks with drapes Drapes also required Return tops to dirty cage wash and place used drape in hampers Rodent Transportation
HEPA filteration • HEPA filtered vacuums • Lack of HEPA filtration system increases risk of allergen exposure • Use for animal prep • Use for cleaning chambers
Available from Lab Safety Supplies • http://www.labsafety.com/search/dewalt+vacuum/24531455/
Microbial Monitoring • Methods to monitor effectiveness of non-cage washed cage sanitation (non-standard cages) • Operant chambers, metabolic cages and chambers • Contact LAF to arrange testing • Display animal care cards with requested information • Care cards are located throughout the vivarium • Place completed card on rack or room door
Aseptic Rodent Surgery • Aseptic rodent survival surgeries • IACUC Guidelines available at: http://iacuc.umc.edu/documents/Guidelinesforrodentsurgery.pdf • Sterile instruments • Sterile gloves • Mask • Maintain sterile field
Anesthetic Vaporizer Service • Vaporizer calibration and service • Anesthesia maintenance • May be coordinated through LAF • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations • Typically annual evaluation
IACUC Policy Update • Scavenging of Waste Anesthetic Gas – approved 12/18/08 http://iacuc.umc.edu/documents/ScavengingofWasteAnestheticGas.pdf • Guidelines for the Use of Syringes and Needles – approved 12/18/08 http://iacuc.umc.edu/documents/needlerecappingguidelines.pdf
IACUC Policy Update • Instructions for Validation of Autoclaves – 9/22/08 http://iacuc.umc.edu/documents/autoclavevalidation.pdf • Guidelines for Rodent Survival Surgery – approved 4/21/09 http://iacuc.umc.edu/documents/Guidelinesforrodentsurgery.pdf • Laser Use – contact Radiation Safety Office to receive clearance for laser use http://dor.umc.edu/RSO/rsocontactinfo.html • Guillotine maintenance – contact Mike or Tom @ 5-4511 (N307) to arrange maintenance – should occur on an as needed basis
Annual Update notification sent by email • Access site at http://paws.umc.edu/EOH/login.jsp • Log in using Network User ID and password
Click on each form individually • Heath Questionnaire → • Animal Exposure → Update information and submit.