Mice and Rats
Many facilities and several traditional vaporizer manufacturers
recommend a flow rate between 500 mL/min and 1,000 mL/
min to deliver anesthesia to rodents. The recommended flow rate
for a 30g mouse is approximately 26 mL/min ( 2-2. 5 x minute
volume). A traditional, human-sized vaporizer is not designed
to deliver the low flow rates that are recommended for mice and
rats. Using such high flow rates, with equipment not designed for
use on rodents, results in the dangerous exposure of lab personnel to waste anesthetic gas.
SomnoSuite is a low-flow, digital
anesthesia system that delivers
the right amount of anesthetic
for the size of the animal. This
reduces the possibility of lab personnel being exposed to excessive waste gas. It is safe for you
and your animals.
By using a precision syringe
pump to deliver the anesthetic
and an internal pump to deliver
either room air or compressed
gas, the SomnoSuite is capable of safely maintaining a mouse
under anesthesia at a flow rate of less than 50 mL/min.
Everything is digitally controlled, allowing you to record and save
your data. The active vaporization and use of solid-state electronics,
hardware and software eliminate the need for the SomnoSuite to be
calibrated annually as required by traditional vaporizers.
Although a 2mL syringe is typical for use with mice during
short procedures, a 5mL and 10mL syringe are available to
accommodate larger rodents or longer procedure times.
Setup is easy:
1. Fill the glass syringe with the anesthetic of your choice, either
isoflurane or sevoflurane
2. Set your desired flow rate, up to 800 mL/min
3. Adjust your anesthetic concentration, precise to 1/10 of 1%
The SomnoSuite is designed to accommodate up to 2 optional
modules—a vital sign monitor and an automatic ventilator.
Having a vaporizer, vital sign monitor, and ventilator integrated
and all in one box provides you with significant space savings
on the lab bench. Having all of your data collected in one system
provides comprehensive reporting of your experiment.
Audible and visual safety alarms alert you to changes in your
settings, vital signs, and anesthetic levels.
For additional information, visit www.kentscientific.com/somno or
call toll free 888-572-8887.
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The SomnoSuite is capable
of safely maintaining a mouse
under anesthesia at a flow rate
of less than 50 mL/min.