Friday, 15 August 2014

Tips to improve IVF lab - Automatic carbon dioxide cylinder change

Tips to improve IVF lab - Automatic carbon dioxide cylinder change

Dr. Anita Mani
anitadane@gmail.com
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre


In IVF lab , it is very important to have constant Co2 to all incubators ,as the embryos will not grow , if there is interuption . 

There are cylindres which supply the Co2,  just like the  LPG cylinders at home , these also become empty, with time. The constant supply is important as any delay can effect outcome . Usually when manual checking is done , there is always risk that it may become empty at night and may not be noticed  Therefore co2 sensors are connected , which gices alarm,  but again somebody doesn't promptly respond to alarm , especially at night , there can be interruption in supply temporarily . 

The automatic co2 changing equipment allows 2 cylinders to be connected , and as soon as 1 cylinder is empty, it will automatically connect to the other cylinder . It is a good mechanism , and chances of co2 failure  is minimal. This is not  installed in most of the IVF labs ,.even in art units in Uk ,  still the old method of alarm system is followed, wherein  somebody needs to personally attend to the problem, sometimes they have to be summoned from home in the night to fix the problem.




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