Are outside specimens allowed?

Outside specimens are ONLY allowed if lab director cannot provide requested specimen. All cadaver specimens are provided by LSUHS's Anatomy department. We use cadaver specimens, however other types of non-human specimens or computer simulated products can be used. Coordination of specimen types is based on vendor requests.  

Are specimens serology tested?

YES, all specimens are tested for HIV1/HIV2, HEP A, HEP B, AND HEP C.

Who is allowed to use the lab?

Any LSUHS department wanting to train interns, residents, or fellows is allowed access to the lab. Attending surgeons or area practicing surgeons are also allowed to use the facility to update their skills, and/or learn new or evolving techniques.

Also, Surgical equipment/Medical device companies are allowed use of the facility to demonstrate their latest products, or showcase new technologies to train LSUHS's residents.

What is in the lab?

The lab area consists of a 1070.40 square foot bioskill/cadaver laboratory that functions as an OR, with wet lab capabilities. It is fully outfitted with a range of surgical towers, booms, lighting, and anesthesia equipment. The area is complemented by a conference room, conference center, and three lecture halls for training and operational meetings.

What equipment is in the lab?

The lab consists of 6 individual cadaveric training stations. Each station is equip with a surgical tower and boom with an endoscopic light, camera source, an insufflation box with carbon dioxide capabilities, and a power source for drills, shavers, foot pedals, electrical tools, etc. A demo station is available for instructors with camera and surgical lights. Additionally, there are 2 large flat screen monitors located in the lab for additional viewing. The lab is accompanied by a specimen preparation room with freezers for cadaveric storage, and a wash room for storage/cleaning of surgical equipment with a reliance Genfore instrument washer for decontamination (not sterilization). There is also storage space for personal belongings. Additionally, there is a conference room accommodating up to 35 people with projection and internet capabilities. Also, there is a conference center which seats up to 150 people and has video/telecom capabilities. We also have access to 3 lecture halls accommodating up to 125 people per room, 1 room which has telecom capabilities.  

What is the dress code?

The dress code during the course is scrubs and closed toe shoes. Personal protective equipment is required and provided.

Are meals provided?

Vendors have access to an in-house catering service or any of Shreveport's catering companies. Catering recommendations can be given; several companies provide meals throughout LSUHS's campus.

What if I don't have all of the necessary equipment for the course?

Surgical instruments can be rented upon request as designated in the contract.

Do you have access to Surgical Instruments that aren't included in the lists provided?

We are a teaching facility, and have access to surgical instruments from LSUHS's hospital. Contact director regarding surgical instruments/tools that aren't included in the provided lists.

Does the lab have a C-arm?

Yes, the lab does have C-arms, lead aprons, and radiation badges. Pricing for C-arm rentals will be included in cost estimates. 

Can a course be held during the weekend? 

Yes, please contact the lab director regarding course dates.