In response to the recent reports of the failure of liquid nitrogen storage
tanks at two prominent IVF centers in the US, we at Hanabusa IVF wanted
to reach out to all of our patients to assure that your frozen specimens
are safe at our facility. We feel confident that the systems we have in
place create an environment in which all tanks and specimens are monitored
continuously and proactively for any possible signs of risk.
In addition to each of our tanks being physically monitored and checked
by an embryologist on a daily basis, all of our storage tanks are connected
to a state of the art alarm system. This system monitors liquid nitrogen
levels and temperatures on an ongoing 24/7 basis. Our system is designed
to alert staff members long before any specimens are in danger of being
warmed to critical levels. If an alarm were to occur after hours, our
system will begin calling each embryologist and continue calling until
the alarm is acknowledged and the situation is resolved. This system is
checked on a regular basis to confirm that an alarm will indeed activate
this chain of events. Fortunately, many of our embryologists live near
the clinic and would be able to respond very quickly. If a tank were to
begin failing we have systems in place to assure that we always have plenty
of space available in our other tanks to accommodate the moving of any
specimens in potential danger to another tank.
We know how important your cryopreserved oocytes, embryos and sperm are
to you and to us. We hope this helps alleviate any concerns you may have
but feel free to contact us if you have any specific concerns or questions.
Lisa Nelson Msc., ELD
Embryology Laboratory Director
Hanabusa IVF/California Fertility Experts, Inc.
4910 Directors Place, #150
San Diego, CA 92121