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Survey: Laboratory Environment, Air Flow & Contamination
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This survey has been developed in conjunction with Katy Worrilow (LifeAire)and explores the management of the atmosphere and other environmental parameters in your IVF laboratory?
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1. The Question: Does your lab operate with a positive air flow? -Results [n=33] Data=[Results: Yes= 19 No: 14 Total= 33] ANALYSIS
2. The Question: Is the air flow air-conditioned or heated? -Results [n=31] Data=[Results: Yes= 20 No: 11 Total= 31] ANALYSIS
3. The Question: If so, does your lab control the temperature settings? -Results [n=28] Data=[Results: Yes= 18 No: 10 Total= 28] ANALYSIS
4. The Question: Does your lab have a dedicated AHU (air handling unit)? -Results [n=30] Data=[Results: Yes= 18 No: 12 Total= 30] ANALYSIS
5. The Question: Is the air flow HEPA filtered before arriving in the lab? -Results [n=28] Data=[Results: Yes= 20 No: 8 Total= 28] ANALYSIS
6. The Question: Does the air flow pass through a carbon filter prior to entering the lab? -Results [n=27] Data=[Results: Yes= 15 No: 12 Total= 27] ANALYSIS
7. The Question: Does the air flow pass through a potassium permanganate filter prior to entering the lab? -Results [n=24] Data=[Results: Yes= 6 No: 18 Total= 24] ANALYSIS
8. The Question: Does your lab have an open door access to the collection theatre? -Results [n=27] Data=[Results: Yes= 11 No: 16 Total= 27] ANALYSIS
9. The Question: Do you have greater than 10 air changes per hour in your lab? -Results [n=23] Data=[Results: Yes= 15 No: 8 Total= 23] ANALYSIS
10. The Question: Does your air filtration system remediate aldehydes? -Results [n=22] Data=[Results: Yes= 8 No: 14 Total= 22] ANALYSIS
11. The Question: Does your air filtration system remediate biologicals and microbials? -Results [n=24] Data=[Results: Yes= 15 No: 9 Total= 24] ANALYSIS
12. The Question: Does your lab operate at a stable humidity level? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 16 No: 9 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
13. The Question: Is the humidity level stable between 35 and 50 Rh? -Results [n=18] Data=[Results: Yes= 10 No: 8 Total= 18] ANALYSIS
14. The Question: Do you off-gas your tissue cultureware prior to use? -Results [n=24] Data=[Results: Yes= 12 No: 12 Total= 24] ANALYSIS
15. The Question: Does your lab use open incubators (eg. Forma)? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 15 No: 10 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
16. The Question: Does your lab use closed incubator systems (eg. MINC, Cook, etc.)? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 11 No: 14 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
17. The Question: Does your lab use enclosed work stations to perform gamete and embryo handling? -Results [n=24] Data=[Results: Yes= 16 No: 8 Total= 24] ANALYSIS
18. The Question: Does your lab use enclosed chambers to perform ICSI and embryo evaluation? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 2 No: 23 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
19. The Question: Does your lab use a Class 2 laminar flow unit to perform gamete and embryo handling? -Results [n=24] Data=[Results: Yes= 18 No: 6 Total= 24] ANALYSIS
20. The Question: Does your lab use continuous embryo culture systems (eg. embryoscope)? -Results [n=26] Data=[Results: Yes= 5 No: 21 Total= 26] ANALYSIS
21. The Question: Does your lab operate at low light levels? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 19 No: 6 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
22. The Question: Is there a strict clothing policy (No lab clothes, no entry into the lab)? -Results [n=26] Data=[Results: Yes= 22 No: 4 Total= 26] ANALYSIS
23. The Question: Is your lab built with IVF appropriate materials such that off-gassing is at a minimum (walls etc)? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 17 No: 8 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
23. The Question: Do you operate your lab above 30C? -Results [n=26] Data=[Results: Yes= 2 No: 24 Total= 26] ANALYSIS
24. The Question: Does your lab use a VOC meter to check for atmospheric VOC contamination? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 8 No: 17 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
25. The Question: Does your lab use a particle meter to check for atmospheric particle contamination? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 9 No: 16 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
26. The Question: Are you concerned about the growth of viable particulates, microbials, mold,etc in your lab? -Results [n=27] Data=[Results: Yes= 16 No: 11 Total= 27] ANALYSIS
27. The Question: Is your source air (AHU providing the outside air to your lab) located on the roof? -Results [n=21] Data=[Results: Yes= 14 No: 7 Total= 21] ANALYSIS
28. The Question: Is your source air (outside air) located near a busy street or busy area? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 10 No: 15 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
29. The Question: Are you concerned about the air quality in your lab? -Results [n=25] Data=[Results: Yes= 16 No: 9 Total= 25] ANALYSIS
30. The Question: Have you seen seasonal changes in clinical pregnancy rate? -Results [n=27] Data=[Results: Yes= 7 No: 20 Total= 27] ANALYSIS
 
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