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AFCC Lab Protocol

by on Jul.19, 2019, under IVF Clinic Success Rates

The Physicians and Embryology team at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago wanted to address the recent news article regarding an embryo mix up at a large fertility clinic in California.  This was a tragic story that touches close to home for us and the important work we do for our patients.  We want to reassure you and help ease your mind that we work diligently and meticulously at every step of the procedure to prevent such an instance from occurring in our lab.  The team at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago follows a strict tissue handling protocol:

  1. Each patient specimen is assigned two (2) unique identifiers.
  2. Specimens are labeled with a color-coded labeling system for each container and patient specific documentation.
  3. Each specimen is independently verified and signed off by two (2) embryologists at each step throughout the process.
  4. Every patient specimen is handled in a “one patient” work space. Meaning only one patients specimens can be in the work space at a time, avoiding the potential for an accidental patient mix up.

Our team places a top priority on the training of and the strict enforcement of these policies.  We continually update our training and processes as necessary to ensure our patients are receiving the best care possible.  We believe that with these strict processes in place, that we will prevent a similar situation at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.

Our hearts go out to the families affected by this event in California.  The teams at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago are honored that you have entrusted us to assist you on your journey to build your family and want you to rest assured that we are handling your eggs, sperm and embryo’s with the utmost care and concern for a healthy pregnancy.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your home office nurse directly and they will assist you.

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Catenacci, MD
Medical Director
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago

Michelle Catenacci MD

Michelle Catenacci, MD

Dr. Michelle Catenacci is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist.
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