Health Alerts

The health alert system allows TCP staff to track the health of mice and litters based on their welfare and the remedial actions or treatments used. Its link to notifications allows TCP staff to easily communicate the health statuses of mice and litters to lab users.


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Creating a Health Alert (for TCP Staff only)

Go to the cage page for the mice that have the health issue. In the Actions menu, click Health Alert. This will bring up a 2-step wizard:


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Step 1: New Status Details

Select the mice or litters in the cage with the health issue. Select the appropriate health status and enter any comments. Select the welfare issue for the mice or litter. A remedial action can also be added for the welfare. Click Next.


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Step 2: Send Notifications

The notification is set according to the health status selected but can be modified. If you do not wish to send a notification, uncheck the 'Include Notification' option. Click Save to finish.


Health Alert Icons

Health alert icons will show up for cages that have mice or litters with active health issues on:

  1. 1. The homepage of the cage contact.
  2. 2. The cage search status column. If there are other statuses it will appear first.
  3. 3. The view cage page in the Health Status panel below the Actions menu.

If there are several mice or litters in a cage having different health statuses, the more urgent health status will appear in the order of Immediate Endpoint, Endpoint, Active Treatment, Monitor.


View Health Statuses (for TCP Staff only)

Go to the appropriate cage page with the health status(es). The Health Status panel header links to the list of health statuses for the cage. The first section shows the active health statuses for each mouse or litter which have not been completed yet. A mouse / litter can only have one active health status at a time. The bottom section shows the Health Status History which lists the completed health statuses. Both lists include live mice / litters and mice / litters that were terminated in the cage.


Edit Health Statuses (for TCP Staff only)

Go to the Health Statuses list page for the appropriate cage. Click on the View link for the active health status to edit. The health status page shows the welfares and remedial actions which can be completed. If new welfare issues arise for that health status, they can also be added here. Finance charges can also be added. If lab users need to be informed on the current health status, notifications can be sent from here. Once a health status has been completed the welfares can no longer be edited or added.


Complete Health Statuses (for TCP Staff only)

Go to the Health Statuses list page for the appropriate cage. The active health statuses can be completed by selecting the checkbox for one or more statuses and clicking Complete. Select the appropriate End Status, add any finance charges, and Save. Completing the health status will also complete all its associated welfares and remedial actions. If the health status is Endpoint, then completing the status will also terminate the mouse and also the cage if empty.


Changing to a New Health Status (for TCP Staff only)

Go to the Health Statuses list page for the appropriate cage. Select the checkbox for the health status to be changed to a new one and click New Status. Only one health status can be selected at a time. This will enter a 3-step wizard that involves completing the current status, and adding a new one.


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Step 1: Complete Status

Select the appropriate End Status, add any finance charges. Click Next.


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Step 2: New Status Details

The welfare(s) and remedial action(s) from the previous health status will appear here. You can choose to complete them or carry them over to the new health status. New welfares can also be added. Select the new health status and enter any comments. Click Next.


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Step 3: Send Notification

Modify the notification and click Save to finish.

The new status appears in the active statuses list and the old one has moved to the history, and any uncompleted welfares remain as 'Active'.


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Terminating Mice with Active Health Statuses

When terminating mice with active health statuses, TCP staff must complete the statuses before terminating the mice. A 'Complete Health Status' popup will appear for entering the appropriate end status and finance charge. For lab users, the health status will be automatically completed with the end status 'Taken by Lab'. This applies to the cage page, mouse page, move mice page, termination page, and when processing the Euthanasia service request.

During auto-termination, cages with active health statuses will not be terminated. Instead a notification will be sent to designated veterinarian technicians.


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Mouse Welfares

The Welfares tab from the cage and mouse pages show all the mouse welfares. Welfares that are entered through health statuses are read-only and have a special indicator. Lab users can also add and edit welfares here.


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Mouse Logs

Whenever a health status, mouse welfare, or remedial action is added, completed, or removed, a mouse log will be added. These can be viewed on the Mouse Log tab from the cage or mouse pages.


Reports (for TCP Staff only)

To help TCP staff monitor the health statuses of affected cages, the following reports have been added under Report > Colony:

  1. Health Statuses: shows a list of cages with live mice and litters having active health statuses.
  2. Health Statuses Completed: shows a list of cages with live mice and litters having completed health statuses.

Weaning Litters (for TCP Staff only)

When weaning a litter that has an active health status with a welfare of Runting pups, the health status and welfare will be carried over to the weaned mice, otherwise you will need to manually add the health status and welfare to the weaned mice. After weaning, the health status and welfares for the litter will be completed automatically.


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