Fertility clinic informs hundreds of patients their eggs may have been damaged

News

0

fertility clinic experienced a liquid nitrogen failureA San Francisco, CA fertility clinic is reporting a liquid nitrogen malfunction in one of the storage units that housed thousands of fertilized eggs and embryos. This incident follows another similar failing reported by a unrelated clinic in Cleveland, OH over the same weekend.

Officials at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility said the failure was noticed by their laboratory director during a “routine check.” On March 4, it was discovered that level of liquid nitrogen in a steel storage tanks had fallen too low. Reduced levels of the liquid nitrogen cause elevated temperatures in the tanks thus risking damage to the contents of the vials. Each vial can contain as many as three eggs; embryos — or fertilized eggs — are stored individually.

It took several days, once the contents were moved safely to a replacement storage tank, to sort through patient records and determine where patient materials were being stored. The staff began making calls to patients who were directly affected by the malfunction and sending emails to patients whose tissue were either split between the failed tank and others or patients who were not affected by the failure at all.

Clinic president, Dr. Carl Herbert said his discussions with patients were emotional:

“Anger is a big part of the phone call,” he said. “Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family. . . . We need to think: If this tissue doesn’t work, what are the next steps, and have you not feel defeated.”

Herbert said the extent of the damage is not yet clear. When clinic staff thawed a few eggs affected by the malfunction, they found that the tissue remained viable. Staff have not checked any of the embryos, he said.

“This was a terrible incident,” Herbert said, “but I was reassured that . . . [staff] did everything anybody could ever want to do.”

Officials at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center’s fertility clinic notified “about 700 patients that their frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged when their liquid nitrogen levels were discovered to have dropped. Some of the Cleveland, OH materials are reported to have been in storage “since the 1980s.”

Here’s an excellent video summary of what happened in the Cleveland fertility clinic, to help you understand:

The full story on the Pacific Fertility Center malfunction can be found here.

Photo Credit: TNS Sofres

12/03/2018 | by News | Categories: Infertility, Infertility News | 0 Comments



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Content created by Creating a Family. And remember, there are no guarantees in adoption or infertility treatment. The information provided or referenced on this website should be used only as part of an overall plan to help educate you about the joys and challenges of adopting a child or dealing with infertility. Although the following seems obvious, our attorney insists that we tell you specifically that the information provided on this site may not be appropriate or applicable to you, and despite our best efforts, it may contain errors or important omissions. You should rely only upon the professionals you employ to assist you directly with your individual circumstances. CREATING A FAMILY DOES NOT WARRANT THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS contained or referenced on this website. CREATING A FAMILY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS or omissions in this information and materials and PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, implied, express or statutory. IN NO EVENT WILL CREATING A FAMILY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the information or materials, EVEN IF CREATING A FAMILY OR ITS AGENTS ARE NEGLIGENT AND/OR ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.