We firmly believe that the best place to train someone is within their own laboratory, so they are trained for their own situation including equipment, paperwork and patients.

 

We have had extensive training experience in third party laboratories and our own. We also appreciate that training needs vary with the individual(s) and the requirements of the IVF unit. Consequently we will tailoring a training programme to fit your needs.

 

The range of skills that we offer training in are summarized here.

 

  • All levels of semen analysis including antibody subtyping
  • Morphology to WHO or Kruger’s strict criteria
  • Quick, accurate and inexpensive morphology staining
  • Esoteric tests such as Kremer’s, fructose estimation
    and zinc for accessory gland function
  • Specialist techniques of sperm recovery from
    severe oligospermic patients and testicular biopsies
  • Hyperosmotic swelling and pentoxifylline use for
    immotile sperm
  • SCSA and comet assays for DNA fragmentation
  • ART preparations
  • Donor sperm bank design and commissioning

 

 

  • Design, maintenance and use of databases in Access, FilemakerPro and Excel
  • Use of databases for Total Quality Management (TQM, the benchmark™)
  • Use of databases for accreditation
    (the benchmark™)
  • Database/barcoding implementation (trusty™)

 

  • Oocyte and immature oocyte recovery
  • IVM techniques
  • IVF inseminations including short protocols
  • All aspects of ICSI (practioner for 17 years with >20 000 oocytes injected)
  • Specialist ICSI techniques for globospermic and other poor prognosis patients
  • GIFT, FICIT and other exotic transfer techniques
  • Oocyte, zygote, cleavage and blastocyst slow freezing and vitrification

 

 

  • Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy using acid Tyrode’s, manipulation or laser systems
  • Fixing of blastomeres for FISH
  • FISH analysis for chromosome numbers
  • Translocation analysis
  • Preparation of cells for pcr and single gene analysis

 

 

  • Design and implementation of TQM programmes
  • Formal use of quality management tools such as process mapping by IDEFO and root cause analysis (RCA)
  • Control charting for laboratory control and trouble shooting