Indoor air pollutants can decrease IVF success rate
Air quality directly influences embryo development and the clinical outcome of IVF treatment
Air quality in healthcare facilities is crucial, especially in critical areas like OT, ICUs, NICUs and IVF labs. Air quality in IVF labs can have significant effects on embryo development. IVF laboratories demand technical and operational requirements to maintain clean air. AAF (American Air Filter), a Daikin group company, the world’s largest clean air solution provider recommends employing a high-efficiency air filtration system to limit airborne contaminants in IVF labs. With the combination of particulate air filter and chemical filters, airborne particulates and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compound) can be effectively removed in IVF labs.
According to a recent study, ART lab design and construction of the HVAC system and operational practices play a vital role, in optimizing air quality to minimize physicochemical risks to the embryo. Unlike outdoor pollutants, indoor pollutants like micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) and VOCs are harmful to IVF processes and embryo development.
VOCs are gases released from the materials used in laboratory construction and finishing (flooring, adhesives, paints, sealants, etc.). These VOCs may react with the lab conditions, resulting in poor IVF outcomes. VOCs can be efficiently removed by adopting a suitable chemically impregnated carbon filter. Also, micro-organisms can attach themselves to airborne particles such as skin cells, hair, clothing fibers. Hence, the implementation of particulate air filter and carbon-activated filters known as chemical filters should be an integral part of IVF cleanrooms.
AAF recommends adopting the highest hygiene standards in critical laboratories and centralized built-in air filtration systems with particulate and chemical filters. Customized air filtration solutions could give healthcare facilities a significant benefit to maintain optimum environmental conditions in achieving successful treatments.