DeSales University Cadaver Lab

Gambet Center for Business and HealthcareDeSales University is located in Center Valley, PA.  The cadaver lab is primarily a dissection laboratory for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Additionally the lab is used for skills and procedure labs for both the PA and Nursing programs.  On occasion some special extramural demonstrations (ie. paramedics, EMTs, etc) are also conducted in the lab.  The laboratory can hold 12 donors and is located in the Gambet Center for Business and Healthcare.  The lab opened in the Fall of 2013.

Physical Laboratory Design:

The cadaver lab has a private vestibule that is perpendicular to the entrance of the lab for storage cubbies and coat hangers.  There are two security doors; one is on the external building door and the second is at the far end of the vestibule, away from the entry to the lab.  Each door expands to accommodate gurneys for donor delivery and disposition.  The floor is a non-slip poured epoxy with one stainless steel floor drain to facilitate cleaning and eliminate trapped waste; there is also a custodial closet directly attached to the cadaver lab.  The room height is 9’-4”, with a laminar flow ceiling. 


The laminar flow is at 275 cubic feet per meter (cfm) and is provided through 2 x 4 laminar flow ceiling diffusers.  (Manufacturer – Titus, Model TLF-SS, Stainless Steel, 12in. number).  

There are no windows in the lab, however, there are windows in the private laboratory vestibule.

Laboratory Temperature, Humidity and Ventilation:

Down draft ventilation is provided by 6 low exhaust air grilles – 3 on the north wall and 3 on the south wall each grille sized for 605 cfm.  Air exchange rate is 20 air changes per hour. 


Room design parameters are 60°F dry bulb; 50% relative humidity.  The laboratory has dual supply and exhaust fans; plate heat exchanger, desiccant wheel, space for future UV light MERV 13 final filter.  The supply fan of unit is 3,400 cfm and the exhaust fan of unit is 3,750 cfm to insure a negative pressure is maintained in the lab.

Laboratory Lighting:

General overhead lighting is supplied by 16 lighting fixtures that are recessed into the ceiling grid.  Model: Columbia Cat. No. 4PS24-228G-FSA12-E-PAF2; 64 watts/fixture, F28T5SP30 lamp type, 277/1/60 voltage, .98 watts/sq.ft. with A12 prismatic lens. 

Sinks, Safety and ADA accessibility:

At the back of the lab there are five (5) automatic sinks, one of which is ADA accessible.   There are mounted eye wash stations near the sinks and a chemical shower in the custodial closet.  There are a few sharps container in the lab, however scalpel blades are primarily removed using blade removal system (i.e. Qlicksmart blade removers).  Liquid waste is directly drained from the recessed dissection table drains to a collection unit on the storage table below.  Tissue waste (such as gloves, soiled paper towels, etc) is stored in a collection container that stays with each donor until disposal.  Solid waste is treated as biohazard, in conjunction with university safety guidelines.  There are six biohazard waste containers in the room for any waste that comes in contact with human tissues or chemicals.


The University uses the I/NET Seven platform by Schneider Electric as our preferred access control system on campus. The card access system is an online, contactless proximity system. The online system allows us to view card access transaction history in real time, as well as instantaneously add or delete users, as well as grant or remove access privileges from users. This means that an authorized user does not have to enter a code or swipe their card to enter the room, but rather "wave" their ID access card at the reader instead. The system immediately captures all card information in the database, whether it be a valid card or an invalid card. All card access transactions are stored in the database for a minimum of 2 1/2 months. The system is connected to both normal power and emergency back-up power, meaning that the system will function flawlessly in a power outage. In addition, user information is also stored in the individual door controllers, meaning that the system will also function in a network outage as well. Transaction information is shown immediately in the system for any and all swipes, when valid or invalid. The door to the lab is secured 24/7/365. In the event the lab door is propped open or forced open, the card access system immediately generates an alarm to the appropriate University Police personnel.  In addition, the University has also installed CCTV surveillance cameras throughout the building, including the hallway by the lab entrance doors. These CCTV cameras are viewed by University Police communications personnel and also record continually and the data is stored for a minimum of two weeks.