University Hospitals increases security at fertility clinic after embryo freezer malfunctions

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

The University Hospital Fertility Center in Cleveland has a long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen that suffered equipment failure over the weekend. At this time, we don't yet know the viability of these eggs and embryos.

In a statement on Thursday, University Hospitals said that it doesn't know yet what caused the temperature to rise, but it's conducting an investigation into the matter. "But we do know that the temperature that was measured at a portion of the tank was higher than our acceptable limits".

Prior to surgery, she underwent fertility treatment at University Hospitals to harvest eggs for her future. An American Society for Reproductive Medicine rep says nothing like this has ever happened at a U.S. fertility clinic.

The facility has set up a call center for patients to arrange and appointment or calls to speak with their physicians. The frozen eggs and embryos play a crucial part in the whole process, but they have to be stored in certain conditions and at certain temperatures to remain viable. This is possible by thawing and implanting the eggs before confirming any damage. "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority".

University Hospitals notified the patients this week, explaining that a problem with one of two large freezers preserving the specimens at the hospital's fertility center was discovered last Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. These eggs are watched over using a video surveillance and an alarm system.

Eggs are frozen in order to postpone pregnancy.

Thousands of eggs and embryos may have been destroyed after a hospital fridge malfunctioned. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

"We're working very, very hard to try to support them through what is understandably incredibly challenging situation, and we're working very hard to come up with more definitive answers for specific questions they may have as it relates to their own family", DePompei said.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss", Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM) reportedly said.

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