FEB 06, 2014 02:00 PM PST

Implanted Vascular Access Port (VAPs) and catheter for infusion or blood collection in multiple species

  • Veterinarian / Research Surgeon, Battelle Center for Life Sciences Research

      Oscar A. Bermeo Blanco, D.V.M., RLATG, SRS Graduated in 1993 from the Veterinary school University of Caldas in Colombia South America and has been in Battelle Memorial Institute since 2000. Dr Bermeo obtained his specialty as research surgeon in 2009 from the Academy of Surgical Research.He is responsible for Battelle surgery program. Performs surgeries on dogs, nonhuman primates, rabbits and rodents. He has performed over 2500 survival procedures in the last 8 years and has developed 30 surgical techniques. Surgical model development and refinement, animal monitoring. He is responsible for the administration of all surgery-related records and documents and is supervisor of surgical technical staff. Responsible for surgical suites and sterilizer rooms. He has developed policies and procedures for activities related to surgeries. He has clinical responsibility for sick animals, quarantine work, protocol driven study tasks. Additionally his responsibilities include care and upkeep of the X-ray unit, Fluoroscopy and developer and compliance with NRC and Ohio Department of Health requirements.


    Intravascular catheterization access for injection and sampling is one of the most common experimental surgical procedures.Catheters and ports have been designed to reduce the problems of occlusion, venous thrombosis, and infection. Key issues involve the use of meticulous aseptic technique for implantation of the devices and a "locking" solution that prevents clotting and retention of residues within the catheter.

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