Patient Identity Checks
Merrion Fertility Clinic has strict protocols in place to double check the identification of samples and the patients to whom they relate at all steps of the clinical and laboratory processes.
These protocols are closely followed to ensure that a mismatch of sperm / eggs / embryos does not occur.
Identity Checks in Treatment Cycles
Every step along the IUI / IVF / ICSI / FET process is double witnessed. This means that two members of staff will confirm patient’s details.
The starting point at which couples’ eggs and sperm enter the lab is the egg collection and semen sample production. At these points a member of staff will perform an ID check with the patient where they will verify their names and dates of birth.
The end point is the Embryo Transfer or IUI insemination. Again, two staff members will perform an ID check and verify their details against lab records and the pre-labelled containers with the sperm or embryos.
Every step in between these processes is double witnessed, documented and is fully traceable. Any time eggs, sperm or embryos are moved from one labelled container to another, this will be witnessed by two staff members.
Each patient has their own designated location / shelf in an incubator. An embryologist can only process one couples embryos at a time and in a specific workstation.