At Zouves Fertility Center’s single comprehensive services facility, we have put rigorous procedures in place to ensure that the utmost care is taken in the identification, handling and care of gametes and embryos.
Identification and Maintenance for Gametes and Embryos
ZFC patients are given a unique computer-generated identification number that appears on all documents related to each individual’s cycle.
Each time gametes or embryos pass through our laboratory, two documents are cross-verified to ensure accuracy and maintenance of identification:
- Patient Identification and Vitrification Document: identifies name, ID number, color code and procedure witnessing
- Procedure Requisition: identifies the individual’s or couple’s name, ID number and treatment path
At Zouves Fertility Center, all critical steps in the IVF process are required to be witnessed by an accompanying embryologist or nurse:
– Egg retrieval
– Insemination or ICSI
– Embryo transfer
In the laboratory, the witnessing embryologist reviews all associated paperwork and the culture ware prior to the execution of the procedure in progress. At the time of the embryo transfer, the embryologist performing the transfer will show by video monitoring to the patient the culture plate with the patients name and ID number, as well as announcing the patient’s name and number of embryos to be transferred.