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Published: 2021-09-19

IVF laboratory management in COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Embryology, Cloudnine Hospitals, Gurugram, Haryana, India
Centre for Infertility and Assisted Reproduction, Gurugram, Haryana, India
Valley Fertility center, Srinagar Kashmir, India
COVID-19, Infertility, Response plan, IVF Laboratory, embryology, and Andrology Laboratories, India

Abstract

Background: Since the first report of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), widely known as COVID-19, in late December 2019, it has spread worldwide. The eventual return of new normal has started to happen in most countries where the COVID-19 curve has flattened, and Assisted reproduction technology (ART) services are eventually resuming. Well-organized ART (embryology/andrology) laboratories safeguard the wellbeing of all staff, patients, and their gametes/embryos.

Main body: A well-organized pandemic management plan must be implemented in anticipation of possible subsequent COVID-19 waves. Apart from local and national guidelines, some mandatory changes need to be taken into considerations that will allow us to overcome the fear of this deadly pandemic, work smoothly and stop any possible transmission without comprising the quality control for successful treatment. These mandatory changes include conserving different supplies, reducing manpower needs, and various protective measures for non-clinical and clinical staff, patients, and gametes/embryos.

Conclusion: The current pandemic of COVID-19 suggests a well-organized action-oriented emergency plan to assure the wellbeing of all stakeholders.



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Andrabi SW, Arora PR, Mir J. IVF laboratory management in COVID-19 pandemic. jidhealth [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 19 [cited 2022 Aug. 15];4(Special3):438-42. Available from: https://www.jidhealth.com/index.php/jidhealth/article/view/154