Aseptic Technique in Rodent Surgery : Other Materials

Key Points

  • All other materials needed for the surgical procedure that will come into contact with the surgical site must be sterile and must be used within their stated expiry dates.
  • It is often convenient to purchase items such as scalpel blades and sutures in sterile packs, which are opened when required.
  • Delicate materials, for example catheters, that could not withstand autoclaving can be purchased pre-sterilised, or sterilised using other methods, such as ethylene oxide.

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A comprehensive guide to help research workers apply best practice in aseptic surgical techniques in laboratory rodents.

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