Temperature variations within and between incubators—a prospective, observational study
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To determine if there is a temperature variation within and between incubators.
This prospective, experimental trial with external controls was performed at an Assisted Reproductive Technology laboratory in a tertiary-care, university hospital. Temperature values were taken at various locations within and between incubators.
Even though they were both set to 37.0 °C, the same make and model incubators had significantly different internal temperatures. Temperatures differed significantly among top, middle and bottom shelves and between fronts and backs of shelves.
We found temperatures differed within and between our front-loading incubators. Thus, laboratory personnel should evaluate their incubators for temperature variations within and between incubators and, if temperatures differ significantly, develop a plan to deal with discrepancies.
KeywordsTemperature Incubator Quality control Assisted reproductive technology ART
Conflicts of interest
None of the authors has a conflict of interest.
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