Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania
Posted by: admin | January 22, 2009 | 0 Comments
Our workshop on the implantation of Alzet osmotic mini-pumps in mice at the University of Pennsylvanian was very successful. The workshop was sponsored by Alzet Corporation and I. Miller Optical Company. The first portion of the session was composed of a lecture/discussion, including a review of guidelines for survival rodent surgery including: principles of surgery and aseptic rodent techniques, tissue healing basics, proper tissue handling and dissection, surgical patient preparation, surgical patient monitoring, surgical personnel preparation, proper surgical instrument selection for Alzet mini-pump implantation, needle and suture material basics, and basic suture patterns and knots utilized in rodent surgery. The second portion of the workshop was a hands-on course consisting of two parts: 1) instruction on subcutaneous and intraperitoneal Alzet mini-pump implantation in culled mice, during which participants also learned how to close an incision with suture and metal clips, and 2) instruction on subcutaneous implantation of the Alzet mini-pumps on live mice.
The participants, whose experience levels ranged from novice to expert rodent surgeons, included personnel from the laboratory animal science program, bioengineering, and physiology departments. From our discussion with participants, we learned that the portions of the lecture addressing the aseptic surgical technique and the effects of clinical and subclinical infection on both the animal and experiment results were the most useful. At the end of the session, all participants received a rodent surgery kit, a copy of Practical Guide to Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation and a certificate of completion.
Below are testimonials from some of the workshop participants:
This is the perfect workshop for laying out all the key practical starting points needed to do surgical experiments.
Anthony C., Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
I enjoyed the hands-on portion. Also, viewing the
slides in advance gave me a better understanding of procedures and type of
Aisha W., Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania
The ability to learn the logistics of aseptic surgery and osmotic pump implantation was great, and then the ability to do the surgery was outstanding.
Julia K., MLAS, Drexel University College of Medicine
The workshop was highly informative with clear objectives. Examples and hands-on training allowed for goals to be met. I feel very comfortable performing the surgery for pump implantation. Thanks!
Julie C., School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
This was a tremendous course for novices. The course thoroughly and efficiently covered the basic information and all hands-on surgery techniques.
Andrew E., School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
This was a very informative workshop with a great overview of aseptic technique and osmotic pump placement.
Robert D., School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania