Blood Cell Storage Inc, Seattle, has launched the Safe Sens TrakStation, which applies a best-practices approach based on pH monitoring during the initial five days of the in vitro fertilization process.
According to the company, most embryologists utilize “point-in-time” monitoring of pH combined with visual evidence of embryo development. These measurements can be susceptible to shifts in temperature and other lab environment factors like humidity and elevation, among other conditions that can corrupt the monitoring results and compromise the embryo.
“Because TrakStation measures pH levels directly inside the incubator, there is no opportunity for contamination of the culture or environmental sampling errors introduced during the measurement process,” says Russ Aldrich, chief executive officer of Blood Cell Storage.
TrakStation can monitor up to eight incubators or desktop chambers simultaneously and continuously. “Continuous reading over the critical 5-day embryo development period is essential to assure that the balance of acidity mimics the conditions inside the female reproductive tract, enhancing the likelihood of a successful blastocyst, which can lead to pregnancy and a live birth,” says Aldrich.
Requiring no additional calibration after initial settings are established, TrakStation monitors a surrogate media sample inside a closed incubator environment and provides pH level recording with visual feedback that helps to document a consistent environment during embryo development.
For more information, visit Blood Cell Storage.