At ACRM and CCRM Atlanta we are continually seeking out and implementing
the latest developments in the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology.
Our goal is to always provide the highest quality care possible for our
patients. One of our most recent additions to the in vitro fertilization
(IVF) lab is Gidget™, which is a witnessing or tracking system that
provides the latest technology available to enhance the safety and security
of the IVF process. This detailed tracking method is also referred to
as electronic witnessing.
Benefits of the Gidget Tracking System
This new tracking system adds an extra layer of security to each step of
the IVF process by assisting with the identification of patients and traceability
of their reproductive cells. Every culture dish and specimen tube that
is used at any point in the IVF process is labeled with a unique barcode
that links each item to the intended patient’s chart. Each time
a patient’s gametes (either eggs or sperm) or embryos are handled
in the lab, the embryologist will scan the barcode as additional confirmation
that the dishes are correctly labeled and belong to the intended patient.
This tracking system will also record each time the gametes or embryos
are moved from one dish or location to the next and which embryologist
handled the specimen. This could be as many as 5 or 6 times for each patient
per IVF cycle. It provides a schedule as well to ensure that procedures
are done on time and that no steps are missed. All tracking information
is stored in one location and easily accessible to the embryologists.
Prior to using Gidget, all tracking or witnessing was done manually and
involved extensive paperwork. Although human error in IVF is generally
recognized as an extremely rare occurrence, electronic witnessing aims
to further decrease human error and reduce patient concerns by eliminating
the need for extensive paperwork and manual identification. The result
is an increase in the efficiency and safety of the entire IVF process.
Advancements through IVF Technology
Gidget is just one of the many improvements that ACRM and CCRM Atlanta
have recently implemented. As a CCRM Network clinic, we are able to take
advantage of these types of technological improvements in the industry
and ensure a swift and seamless implementation.
To learn more about the IVF process and to schedule an appointment with
one of our fertility experts, call 678-841-1089 or visit www.atlantainfertility.com.