Human Gross Anatomy
Laboratory Rules and Procedures
A group of four (or five) students will be assigned to each cadaver table. Each table group is responsible for:
A. The preservation of their cadaver.
B. The care of their assigned tools, tool box, bones and skull, and bone and skull
C. The care of their cadaver table.
D. The cleanliness of their floor area.
ALL students are required to do some dissection. Both sides of the cadaver are to be dissected unless otherwise notified by the instructor. Carefully follow the order and instructions for the dissections as listed in the course syllabus. Each group is responsible for the satisfactory completion of each assigned dissection.
Please have a dissection manual and Lab Assignments instructions, and at least one atlas at the cadaver table during all lab sessions. Textbooks, notes, or handouts may also be used during lab time. If you leave these materials in the lab, make sure your name is on them, and keep them UNDER your cadaver table.
The laboratory will be open 24 hours, 7 days a week during the course. All lab rules apply at ALL times. The privilege of working in the laboratory outside of scheduled lab sessions will be permitted as long as students conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect the property in the laboratory.
1. Students MUST show respect for cadavers at all times.
2. Louisiana State Law prohibits the removal of any cadaveric material from the
laboratory. Violation could result in dismissal from the school.
3. Do not remove the numbered tag from the cadaver.
4. Do not force the cadaver limbs into a straight position because the tissue has
been fixed in a certain position and bending the extremities will tear the muscles.
5. Each cadaver table will have one large cloth for covering the entire
cadaver. Properly cover and moisten the exposed parts of the cadaver after
each dissection to keep it from drying out. Inspect the entire cadaver
regularly and inform an instructor if you notice any mold beginning to
appear on the cadaver.
6. Do not leave the cadaver raised when you leave the laboratory. Cover and lower
the cadaver, and close the tank even when you will be gone for only a short time.
7. If you go to another tank to study, please do not disrupt the dissection. Be careful
to leave the cadaver the way you found it.
1. A wooden tool box is assigned to each table. The tools in the tool box must be
cleaned and returned in their original condition at the end of the course, prior to
receiving a final course grade.
2. A bone box and skull will be assigned to each table. All of the bones must be
returned in their original condition at the end of the course.
3. Models will be available for study in the lab during certain portions of the course.
They are provided to help you understand a particular anatomical area.
They may also be used on practical exams. Please make sure your hands
are CLEAN before handling these models.
4. All teaching materials (models, articulated skeletons, bones, specimens,
X-rays, etc.) must be handled with care. Please inform an instructor immediately
if one of these items breaks. Students are held responsible for any breakage
due to carelessness. Laboratory privileges (use of the lab other than at
scheduled lab time) may be denied to those students who do not take care
of these items.
5. Do not leave any materials on top of the tank when you leave the lab.
1. A stainless steel bucket under each table is for dissected cadaveric material
such as fascia and fat. It is NOT for disposal of organs, such as heart, lungs,
intestines, kidneys, and muscles. These organs are to remain with the cadaver.
2. Paper towels and dissection gloves are to be disposed of in the Biomedical Waste
boxes near the sinks, NOT in the stainless steel bucket under the table.
3. Place all used scalpel blades and disposable scalpels in the RED plastic
containers on the sinks.
4. Keep soap, metallic objects, and paper out of the sinks.
5. Eating, drinking, or smoking is NEVER permitted in the laboratory.
Safety and Security:
1. Each student is required to wear a lab coat (or plastic apron) and gloves while
in the laboratory. Scrubs or a wrap may also be worn. Safety goggles are
optional. We suggest that contact lenses not be worn in the lab because
the formaldehyde fumes can be an irritant.
2. Please let the Course Director know if you are or become pregnant, or
are breast feeding. Because fumes from some of the chemicals used in
cadaver preservation may be injurious to a fetus, the use of ventilators by
pregnant women while in the lab is strongly recommended.
3. First aid supplies are available in the laboratory. Eyewash stations are
located at the sinks. All injuries incurred in the anatomy laboratory, no
matter how insignificant, must be reported to an instructor. The instructor
will administer first aid and determine whether the student should be
directed to a facility for further observation and/or treatment. Student Health
operates during normal business hours on weekdays. It is located at the
LSU Clinic, 2820 Napoleon Ave., (504) 412-1366. If a serious injury occurs
outside normal lab hours, or when the Student Health Service is closed,
the student should go directly to the Emergency Room at University Hospital.
4. Keep all doors to the laboratory closed at all times.
5. Absolutely NO visitors are allowed in the gross anatomy laboratory at
ANY TIME without the Course Director’s permission. This includes parents,
relatives, friends, or upper classmen. Please report any violation to Security.
6. It is against the law to photograph cadavers or cadaveric material. Cameras
or other photographic devices are NOT permitted in the laboratory at any time.
Please report any violation to Security.