KPI (Key Performance Indicators) are specific sets of data collected usually each month that are used to monitor the clinics activities and used to identify if some functions deviate from normal control limits. KPI vary widely and this survey seeks to identify the most common KPI used in IVF clinics.
The IUI survey follows from a recent discussion in Embryomail and from a request from a subscriber. IUI often are overshadowed by IVF but many clinics use it as a pre-IVF treatment option. We have asked for a live birth rate knowing than this will depend on the type of stimulation used, age of the clients, multiple pregnancy rate, etc but it is meant to be a guide only. It started as a survey on sperm preparation but has been expanded to provide a broader summary on methodology.
FertAid has used the 2013 census as the blueprint for this survey but in response to feedback and curiosity expanded some sections. For instance the type of media has been included but only for established products. FertAid acknowledges this is general in nature and not reflective of any product and subject to potential browser bias. Several quality questions have been added plus some on workload and issues. Happy to receive comments and criticism over content. Make the 2015 census better.
I know this remains incomplete but FertAid wishes to conduct an annual census of IVF Laboratory activities. Many questions will not apply but please complete all questions. One reply per lab please. Please circulate as widely as possible to deliver the best census data.
Dr John Tyler of Next Generation Fertility, Sydney, Australia asks if clinics outgas their IVF tissue culture plasticware before use and if so how. Please add a comment on how you pre-process your dishes before adding media. What have you written in your policy manual? Has anyone performed studies on whether outgassing is needed?
This is a survey of the background and level of experience embryologists have around the world. Post this link on to your own societies email and lets try to get a truly international flavour to this survey about the current status of who is an embryologist.
Liesl Nel-Themaat of Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology posted on EmbryoMail the idea of holding an regular Embryologists Day. For further information please contact Liesl Nel at firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and suggestions. IF you are having trouble posting a comment, please send to Liesl or to email@example.com & I will add them.
Assessment of Sperm DNA Fragmentation by TUNEL, SCSA, halosperm or other appear very popular but is it? Complete the survey to find out just how many clinics are performing this assay. This survey may be presented at the 10th International Congress of Andrology. 23 – 26 February 2013 Melbourne, Australia. Please use the comments section to describe how you do sperm DNA Fragmentation assessment and what are your cut-offs.
Many clinics routinely vitrify blastocysts but there is little information on how often the cavity is collapsed before vitrification and hatched after warming. This quick survey seeks to find out how common these techniques are.
Recent discussions in EmbryoMail have centred around the measurement of pH. Should you use a CO2 monitor or a pH meter? This survey seeks to canvass the current status of pH measurement in the IVF laboratory.
I know this is incomplete but FertAid wishes to conduct an annual census of IVF Laboratory activities. Many will not apply but please complete all questions. One reply per lab please. If you register first then you can review the results.
There have been several points where people considers life to start. As ART workers, Keith Harrison from Queensland Fertility Group asks...
About Fertaid IVF Surveys.
You are invited to complete any active survey in two ways. You can complete the questions directly from an open Internet environment which provides you with anonymity but means that the submission cannot be completely relied upon since
it cannot be confirmed that you are actively involved in IVF. Alternatively, you may like to register with FertAid and then complete the survey providing an reply with more interiority.
A review process is currently being developed that will allow you to filter the replies into country, profession and selected questions but you do need to be registered to access this function.
FertAid is keen to post other surveys that IVF professionals may wish to ask. While most use faciliteis like SurveyMonkey why not contact Fertaid and use these faciltiies. The advantange is that registered participants can view the results as they are submitted.