Protocols for tracking and witnessing samples and patients in assisted reproductive technology

The tracking and witnessing protocols in ART are of relevant importance for safety and risk management. Reasons for human error as well as laboratory procedures and current protocols are addressed.

Like Comment

Authors

Maria José de los Santos, Ph.D., Amparo Ruiz, M.D.

Volume 100, Issue 6, Pages 1499-1502, December 2013

Abstract

In view of the increasing emphasis being placed on patient safety and quality health care, it is extremely important to develop fail-safe mechanisms to prevent assisted reproductive technology (ART) mix-ups. Sample mismatch is the most undesirable event that can occur in an IVF laboratory as it may have catastrophic consequences for both patients and health care professionals. Many strategies can be adopted to reduce laboratory errors, such as improved quality control and quality assessment, certification, educational programs, and external quality assessment. Nevertheless, none suffices to absolutely prevent this error. Therefore, the implementation of specific policies, such as double-checking safety protocols, is receiving more and more interest. After some adverse events involving sample misidentification occurred in some countries, double-checking every step of the IVF clinical and laboratory procedure has become mandatory. However, double-checking protocols can also prove difficult to implement and a new generation of errors may occur. Other approaches, including electronic strategies for tracking, and even microlabeling embryos, are currently being evaluated.

Read the full text at: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(13)03101-4/fulltext


Go to the profile of Fertility and Sterility

Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders. The journal publishes juried original scientific articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology, urology, andrology, physiology, immunology, genetics, contraception, and menopause. Fertility and Sterility® encourages and supports meaningful basic and clinical research, and facilitates and promotes excellence in professional education, in the field of reproductive medicine.

No comments yet.