October 31, 2014 8:18 am
When considering daily operational protocols, disaster plans weigh heavily on vivarium facility managers. Disaster plans commonly consider the obvious natural disasters including flood, earthquake, tornado/ hurricane, and fire. Even long term power outage factors into many facilities’ operational protocols.
October 29, 2014 8:56 am
The key difference between sterilization and disinfection is level of bio-burden reduction. The lowest level of cleaning is sanitizing, following by disinfection, and then sterilization.
October 28, 2014 8:24 am
You need your anaesthesia machine to be working correctly to induce safe and reliable sedation in animals, to eliminate the possibility of pain and suffering and to ensure the best results in your research. Leaks in the system can be harmful to the animals, who may not receive the levels of anaesthesia that you intended.
October 24, 2014 9:00 am
By definition, managers accomplish their goals by getting their workers to perform necessary tasks. Sure, the manager can just bark out orders. But in today's world—and workplace—where autonomy and respectful interactions are highly valued, that just won’t cut it. Managers must practice the gentle art of persuasion.
October 23, 2014 12:13 pm
When someone says I don’t like my job, there’s little hope of retaining that employee, right? Not necessarily, there’s a fair chance that I don’t like my job reflects feelings of discontent rather than a clear picture of dissatisfaction, and a decision to leave would be premature. In the next few weeks, we'll cover common employee complaints and suggestions on how to address these issues. Up this week: frustration about lack of resources.
October 16, 2014 4:47 pm
Given reports that Ebola has spread from the sick to health care professionals in Dallas, TX due to errors in containment procedure, I thought this would be a good time to review containment for animal research facilities. Biocontainment can be small (cage-sized) to large (room-sized), but no matter the size, is set up to prevent the escape of airborne biological hazards. Here are some factors to remember when thinking about containment.
October 17, 2014 8:10 am
The use of cages and racks, and their associated accessories and cage wash equipment continue to be used in the majority of animal research facilities, according to a September 2014 survey conducted by ALN World. Ninety-five percent of respondents use cages in their facility, while 83% indicated that they use racks and 83% use cage and rack washers in their vivarium.
October 15, 2014 8:44 am
Researchers at Milan University and Mario Negri Institute in Italy have developed an alternative method for body temperature measurement, using infrared thermography (IRT) in nude mice. In the future, the thermographic technique could be optimised in order to detect temperature of the animals in the least invasive way possible.
October 10, 2014 12:17 pm
The goal in the classical Japanese Zen arts is to achieve mastery through spiritual practice. In recent years, many attempts have been made to bring this kind of Zen thinking to the West. Theoretically, the spiritual practice of Zen could be brought to bear on any sort of endeavor. Why not to the art of management?
October 8, 2014 9:14 am
New research shows that your health is related not only to what you eat but to what your grandparents ate, what your parents ate, and what you ate in the earliest days of your life—with more discreet differences based on your gender plus your genetic profile and your particular array of gut microbes.
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