Re: Sterilization of instruments

From:Geoff McAuliffe

    Perhaps I am missing something here, but why sterilize instruments used on
dead animals? Just wipe off the blood/tissue with a mild soap solution.


Kathleen Cormier wrote:

> Hello all!
> What is the preferred method of sterilizing instruments during necropsy of
> multiple animals? We may do upwards of 20 animals during a session. What we
> do is in between animals or samples is to dip the instruments in 70% ETOH
> then "flame" them, allow to cool off for 20 seconds them proceed with
> dissection. After one too many beaker fires we are being asked to change
> our procedure. One suggestion is heated bead sterilization in between
> samples/ animals another is to order 30 additional sets of instruments and
> autoclave the sets prior to use. Any suggestions?
> Thanks!!!
> Kathy Cormier
> Histology Supervisor
> Div Comparative Med

Geoff McAuliffe, Ph.D.
Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
voice: (732)-235-4583; fax: -4029

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