The effects of intracage ventilation on microenvironmental conditions in filter-top cages

N S Lipman, B F Corning, M A Coiro
Laboratory Animals 1992, 26 (3): 206-10
Filter-top cages, while effective in reducing cross contamination by particulate material including microbes, can also cause accumulation of the waste gases carbon dioxide and ammonia as well as increased intracage relative humidity. A prototype system which provided each cage with 23 air changes per hour through a nozzle inserted in the filter lid was evaluated. The ventilated cageing system was effective in reducing intracage carbon dioxide, ammonia and relative humidity levels. Mean weekly carbon dioxide levels were 2900 ppm lower, ammonia levels 240 ppm lower and intracage relative humidity levels 8% lower in the ventilated cages than in unventilated controls.

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