A positive effect on quality management and oocyte quality
The recording of time spent on processes has been tracked using RI Witness Analytics. Using this functionality and the reports it generated, Nurture was able to identify the need to revise its standard operating procedures (SOPs) relating to oocyte denudation ahead of ICSI.
“We saw a correlation between time spent during denudation and damage rates during ICSI”, said Lyndsey. “Our revised SOP included an agreed parameter for the time samples spent in denudation media. This was tracked through RI Witness and we were able to record a lower oocyte damage rate for our ICSI cycles due to this change”.
Cycle overview screen displaying the status of ongoing cycles
“We also recommended that Nuture Fertility use the RI Witness cycle overview screen that tracks the workflow and is an electronic dashboard that displays the realtime status of ongoing cycles,” said Mahb. “It updates automatically once a process step has been completed, ensuring that the screen is constantly displaying a ‘real-time’ status of patients’ cycles for quick and easy reference. It has proved an efficient way to track planned tasks throughout the day.”
The future of standardization across the clinic group
Going forward, TFP is looking to standardize and harmonize processes across its group of clinics using the time-saving and quality-improving aspects of RI Witness identified, among others, with a special focus on tracking lot numbers of consumables used in patient cycles.
“As part of the harmonization process within TFP clinics, RI Witness has been fundamental in guiding our laboratory teams through the new processes via the Witness Point Diagram,” said Lyndsey. “This map sets out the steps in our unified culture system and guides our laboratory teams through the process step by step”.
In addition to the benefits relating to quality, efficiencies and the lab environment going forward, Lyndsey believes that RI Witness will facilitate simplified and enhanced training for new staff members thanks to how RI Witness guides lab staff through the clinic’s SOPs.
Such standardizations will help replicate best-practice and deliver an optimal and interchangeable workflow process to all within the TFP group, helping maintain high levels of excellence.