Sunday, March 11, 2018
Following the most unfortunate incidents in Cleveland and San Francisco, where embryo storage tanks malfunctioned and an undisclosed number of stored embryos were allegedly damaged, I reviewed our own lab’s safety measures to ascertain that it cannot happen at our Institute. The many tiers of safeguards against such an event (one of the worst nightmares for patients and medical staff alike) make it extremely unlikely that it can occur at our facility. Constant checks of liquid nitrogen levels combined with elaborate alarms (see photos taken by me yesterday) assured me that the safety of embryos, eggs, and sperm stored in our facility is iron-clad.
The investigations of the events in Cleveland and San Francisco are ongoing. Technical malfunction? Human error? A combination of both? Nobody knows yet. But for our dear patients who entrust their most prized possession in our hands I can confidently say that YOUR EMBRYOS ARE SAFE! Please contact me if you want to get specific information about our safeguards.
Eli Reshef MD
Bennett Fertility Institute