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Statement Regarding the Recent Storage Malfunctions at Two Fertility Centers

Published on March 19, 2018 by SCRC Contributor
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In response to the recent situations involving two fertility centers and the equipment malfunction in cryo-storage labs, we are saddened and absolutely sympathize with the patients and families who may have been affected.  However, we want to assure our clients who have frozen materials here at SCRC that the utmost care is being given to the protection of their biological materials.

We understand these types of incidents to be extremely rare, therefore, once further details have been determined, both internal and external evaluations of the processes and security will provide viable information for the entire reproductive medicine field.

SCRC and ART will continue to provide clients the highest level of diligence for the protection of their biological materials. Storage tanks used at ART are designed to hold materials safe for up to 45 days at approximately -197 degrees Celsius without needing any electrical, mechanical or human intervention. In addition, highly trained ART Laboratory Staff visually monitor the frozen material storage tanks each day. Cryopreservation storage tanks are filled with the liquid nitrogen as needed and on a weekly basis.

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