What do we do to prevent Lab Mix-ups
How does the embryologist prevent your eggs and sperm from being mixed up with someone else's in the IVF lab ?
What do we do to prevent Lab Mix-ups.
Dr. Sai, Head Embryologist, Malpani Infertility Clinic Pvt. Ltd.
The biggest worry in every IVF patient's mind is the possibility that the staff may screw up and mix up their eggs and sperms with someone else's. We've all read enough horror stories to know that this sometime still happens - and this is the worst nightmare for both patients and doctors. What's worse is that this may happen inadvertently, and you may never find out at all !
Its important that patients pose questions
Patients sometimes don't like to ask these questions, because they worry that their doctor will think they don't trust them and won't like them anymore. But you have a right to ask these questions and see if the answers make you more or less comfortable with the care you are receiving. A good IVF clinic won't mind sharing the details with you to reassure you that you are in good hands.
How do we make sure we don't mix up your eggs, sperms and embryos with another patient's ?
Eggs and embryos don't come labeled. Your eggs and embryos look just like everybody else's - the same size, same color, no matter what your ethnicity or race. It's only the container in which they are in which tells us who they belong to. This is why correct labelling is everything in the IVF clinic !
Colour coding will act as an additional identifier. In fact it makes one's life much easier.
There are 4 things we need to colour code:
Documenting information on the patient's file for every procedure is compulsory.
Having a witness for every procedure.
A new device called IVF witness has been launched worldwide that takes the IVF process to a much higher level of safety. Patients feel far more relaxed and confident about the procedure because they have an ID card which puts them in control and secondly embryologists are reassured by having an extra safety net. It tightens up the whole IVF process and makes it far more secure
IVF Witness uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to monitor all critical work carried out in the laboratory, creating a complete record of each stage of a patient's cycle.
IVF Witness is electronically tracking and recording all the time and locks the patient's identity to the sperm, eggs and embryos at every stage of the treatment. The system also actively prevents patient samples coming into proximity with those of other patients.