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What do I do with my container?

April 20, 2011

Laboratory Distribution Supervisor MI

“YOUR BABY”. Those are the words I use in my explanation when I remind patients how they should treat a cryogenic container, while transporting it to another facility. Sperm, embryos or any cryogenic specimens in general are stored in extreme temperatures. Transportation of such specimens, without compromising their quality, usually consists of elements with harsh temperatures such as liquid nitrogen. Failure to follow proper instructions could not only damage your specimen or potential baby, but could also result in injury. Here are some of the steps for proper care I suggest people to follow.

1- Never put a cryogenic container in the trunk of your car

2- Never put the cryogenic container laying or facing down

3- It is okay to place the container on the floor of your car (Upright)

4- If possible, the best thing to do is to place the cryogenic container on a seat and buckle it up (Much like you would with your baby).

Undoubtedly, these are just some of the general guide lines. However, it is never a bad idea to get instructions from the appropriate person(s) at the cryogenic lab before you leave with your container.

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