CNRS Press Release: “Jacket for cardiorespiratory monitoring of laboratory animals”

DECRO® telemetric jacket have been highlighted in a press release from the CNRS, on June 14, 2018.

“To meet their objective of offering connected devices for the physiological monitoring of laboratory animals without recourse to anesthesia or surgery, researchers from the TIMC-IMAG laboratory (CNRS / Université Grenoble Alpes / Grenoble INP / VetAgro Sup) have developed a jacket that measures rodent cardiac and respiratory activity. This patented tool soon to be released by Etisense, a TIMC-IMAG spin-off company, paves the way for enhancing the quality of research data and advancing animal welfare.

The well-being of research animals is a topic of growing concern to society and researchers themselves.  Yet until now a highly invasive preliminary surgical procedure was necessary for cardiorespiratory physiological monitoring of conscious animals. In addition to furthering animal welfare, successful noninvasive respiratory and cardiac monitoring offers two advantages to researchers: (1) animals wearing the jacket can move more freely about, which expands experimental design possibilities, and (2) bias introduced by the effects of stress, anesthesia, and surgery is eliminated. Using the jacket saves money too, through simplification of experimental procedures no longer requiring surgery or anesthesia. […]”

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