Making of an IVF and andrology lab, involves the integration of several processes and system to make the lab cost effective and to increase its performing efficiency. For the infertility specialist who wishes to start an IVF lab, the key to its success is the infrastructure and the embryology skill. It is best that the lab is set up by fertility specialist who has been responsible for a lab before and who understands what can go wrong once the IVF /ICSI cycles start, who also understands the culture systems that embryos need in order to give the best results.
Every lab has to be designed according to the work flow to optimise results. The infertility specialist will work with you to understand the kind of working you need and to guide you through out the journey of getting results.
Setting up of IVF lab includes
Site Inspection :Our team will visit the place where the lab will be set up, they will note the specifications of the place take a complete layout, design a process flow, will understand the climatic conditions of the place and then design a lab structure that will be durable, easy to maintain and less maintenance cost.
Budget:We can offer cost effective labs depending on the kind of equipments and infrastructure we choose. What matters is the team making the lab should perfectly understand what IVF demands, it is best to have a team which is working in the lab day in and out, who understands the balance between cost effectiveness and embryo culture pregnancy rates.
Electronic Fit outs:This seems like a minor step while setting up a lab, but this has been proved to be of major importance since ideally once the lab is complete there should be no drilling in the SS or the sandwich panels, since this leads to accumulation of dust particles in different corners of the lab, which affects the particle count and the air quality, thus reducing the embryo quality. An ideal lab shouldn’t have wires and extensions board lying around since it becomes difficult to clean and some pins can become lose during cleaning, which can create havoc in the lab.
Basic layout :
- Placement of AHU : This is based on the accessibility of the pre filters and the fresh air source. Also the ducting of the AHU should be easily accessible, since any leakage in the duct might lead to the entry VOC’s, dust particles, moisture or rodents which will lead to bad air quality.
- Lab Filters and Risers : These should be placed according to the position of the ICSI system and Incubators so that embryos are always in clean air.
- Incubators : These should be placed in way that minimum distance is travelled while the keeping the Dishes and media. The incubator opening should also be in the class 1000 area. Incubators are the place where are embryos spend the maximum time thus culture conditions inside the incubator should be the best for our embryos. There are numerous incubators available in the market, we will suggest the ones that we have tried in our own labs and got a pregnancy rate of 50-60%.
- Laminar Flow hoods and Work station : Class 100 working area is essential while ovam pick up, denuding, transfers and ICSI and thus laminar flow hoods should be placed accordingly. These will also be our main workstation thus has to be clean, user friendly, easy to clean. There will also be dedicated work station for different procedure so no infection is spread. This will also provide the embryologist to have a stress free working environment.
- ICSI system : The Micro manipulation system should be the one on which the embryologist is the most comfortable with. They should also have a high resolution camera and monitor which will give a perfect view of injection. The ICSI system will have Hoffman modulation to provide a proper contrast and clear image.
- OPU room : This will be as attached to the lab so that the follicle tubes have to travel minimum distance. The room should be modular to provide the best air quality and hygiene for the patient.
- Cryopreservation set up : We would also provide Cryo can and training for verification.