You can’t always smell air contamination.
People are part of the problem too!
Your lab’s staff are shedding particulates, viruses and bacteria. A gowned healthcare worker—with booties, cap, mask, proper scrubs—just sitting still, has been documented in published metrics to shed 50,000 micrograms/m3 of acetone per day; 45,000 micrograms/m3 of ethanol; 75,000/m3 of methanol—and the list goes on.
Recognize some sources of contamination near your lab
Take the Quiz
(try this around your lunch table!)
External Contamination Sources
Is there any new construction within 1000 yards (1/2 mile) of your facility?
Is there a factory or furnace within 1000 yards (1/2 mile) of your facility?
When outside of your practice, can you smell any of the following?
Cooking oil from a nearby restaurant?
Waste management, restaurant or generator exhaust?
Tar or road resurfacing or rooftop resurfacing?
Fertilizer from nearby farms?
Idling engines from waiting ambulances, medivac or nearby traffic?
Lawn cutting? Sports field maintenance?
Smoke from a nearby forest fire, tire fire, etc.?
Internal (Lab) Contamination Sources
Are there any water stains on the lab’s ceiling tiles?
Do you smell adhesives from new carpeting?
Do you share return air with another space?
Do you have fiberglass floor tiles?
Do you have cabinets or furniture made of MDF?
Has an exterminator been in your building or a nearby building in the last 3 months?
Do your clinical neighbors use cleaning products or alcohols?
Are you smelling cologne or perfume on your patients or staff?
Does anyone on the team smoke?
What’s your score?
OK, kind of a trick question here. Honestly, if you answered anything other than zero (0), you should be alarmed. The above list is only partial and represents a threat to your embryos and their potential. HEPA, UV lights and carbon filtration might not be properly protecting your lab.
Start a conversation about air.
Talk to us for answers. LifeAire defined the airborne metrics optimal to support the IVF culture environment—critical to maximizing the clinical outcomes within your IVF laboratory that your patients expect and deserve. Let us share insight into what your lab can do to improve your air purity—and in turn—maximize your success rates.
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