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Center on Human Development and Disability

Washington National Primate Research Center

Infant Primate Research Laboratory

incubator and monitoring

Specialized housing and care

Routine and specialized housing and care for animals are provided around the clock. Specialized housing and care for normal and medically fragile animals are provided twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for studies conducted by affiliates to optimize animal survival and minimize morbidity. Twenty-four hour clinical care is utilized by virtually all affiliate research projects active in the laboratory. Incubators are available for newborn or medically-fragile infants to provide temperature and/or oxygen support. Our experienced veterinary staff is available around-the-clock to provide clinical care (oxygen, x-rays, IV treatments, medications). Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and our trained nursery technicians provide coverage to ensure that the survival rate for infants in the lab continues to be high (over 95%). In addition to ensuring low morbidity and mortality, these services provide affiliate investigators with information regarding important early developmental milestones. Data concerning temperature regulation, sleep-wake cycles, the attainment of self-feeding, formula intake, weight gain and responses to weaning and housing changes are available to investigators as a result of the 24-hour clinical care services.

Specialized housing (glass front cages) and equipment (digital cameras, infrared lighting and remote monitors) are available to monitor pregnant females in order to detect problems during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. An infrared closed-circuit monitoring system provides a secure. The Web based system allows for remote monitoring by staff in the laboratory and by investigators from their campus office, lab, or homes. Investigators and staff can discuss appropriate veterinary interventions to maintain pregnancies if problems occur or they can assess potential problems during labor and delivery. In addition to observations, routine prepartum examinations are performed on pregnant females to assess orientation of the fetus, fetal and maternal heart rate and maternal weight. As the pregnancy nears term, a cervical exam is conducted to determine the degree of cervical effacement and dilation and to assess other obstetrical problems such as placenta praevia and hemorrhage.

For questions regarding housing and care procedures, contact IPRL staff at

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