UNO Primate Restrainer


The "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" says the use of restraint devices should be limited and restricted to those specifically designed to accomplish research goals that are impossible or impractical to accomplish by other means. In addition to calling for such devices to be suitable in size, design and operation, they should minimize discomfort or injury to the animals. The "Guide" also cites the need for animals placed in restraint devices to be given training to adapt to the equipment and personnel.

These very concepts were incorporated into the Restraint Chairs and the Pole and Collar Handling System from the first day it entered into business over 20 years ago. The Primate restrainer was designed for animal comfort and easily adjusts to accommodate nonhuman primates of different sizes.

The standard restrainer is essentially an aluminum frame that provides minimum restraint and maintains easy animal accessibility for investigators. The open-air design keeps the primate cool and comfortable while being in the restrainer for long periods of time. Roller bars on the perch assembly are intended to move with the animal when it makes normal movements, thus helping prevent sores on the animals' hind limbs.

Optional accessories are often added or removed, as needed, to prevent the primate from feeling excessively confined while perching in the restrainer, or to customize the chair to the primates particular needs. When equipped with a Quick Latch, investigators can quickly move animals in and out of the restrainer for procedures involving larger group studies.

Water Lixit Assemblies, Water Bottle Holders, and Feeder Cups are available for procedures that require longer restraint times. Neck Plates and Waist Plates are optional items available to restrict animal access or to isolate specific regions of the primate from its body.

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Care & Maintenance
The restrainers can be hosed down or run through laboratory cage washers. After cleaning, wipe down the restrainer frame (support rods and uprights) with silicone to preserve the finish and to allow easy adjustments of pipe-to-pipe joints over the support rods.
Industrial chemicals will reduce the life of the anodized finish and may, over time, cause the polycarbonate arm plates to become cloudy and eventually crack.
NOTE: When using the cage washer to sanitize the restrainer, do not use the "Acid Cycle". This will remove the dye from the anodized aluminum frame.