The transportation of temperature-sensitive materials at ultra-low temperatures is known as cryo shipping. Cryo shipping is crucial in industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, and research for the transportation of sensitive materials. Unfortunately, misconceptions and myths can harm the understanding and implementation of this critical process. Let’s clarify and demystify cryo shipping.
In this article, ARKCryo, as leaders and experts in the cryo shipment field, aim to debunk five common myths in cryo shipping, shedding light on the realities and best practices associated with transporting biomaterials, such as oocytes, sperm, and embryos.
Cryo shipping is as simple as packing materials in dry ice.
Reality: Dry ice is unsuitable for long−distance transportation of biomaterials. Cryo shipping involves utilizing cryogenic technologies, such as liquid nitrogen or specialized dry shippers, to maintain ultra−low temperatures required for the viability of biomaterials preservation.
Any insulated container can be used for cryo shipping.
Reality: Insulated containers alone are insufficient for cryo shipping. Specialized cryogenic containers, designed to withstand extreme temperatures, are essential. Liquid nitrogen dewars or dry shippers with safety features and proper insulation ensure precise temperature control and prevent damage to the transported biomaterials. Moreover, ARKCryo uses temperature loggers with them to make material transport even safer. These loggers undergo appropriate certification to guarantee the safe transportation of biomaterials from point A to point B.
Cryo shipping is prone to temperature fluctuations and risks material damage.
Reality: Cryo shipping employs advanced insulation and temperature control systems, minimizing temperature fluctuations during transit. Cryogenic containers, combined with proper packaging and monitoring devices, help maintain the required temperature range. They ensure the safety and integrity of biomaterials throughout the journey. Check the container to ensure the embryologist has properly packed the material and provided all the necessary measures for further transportation.
Cryo shipping is expensive and not cost−effective.
Reality: Cryo shipping may require specialized equipment and procedures, but it is a cost-effective solution when compared to potential losses resulting from compromised biomaterials. Although investing in cryogenic containers, proper packaging, and temperature monitoring systems may seem daunting, their benefits clearly outweigh the costs.
Cryo shipping is a complex process better left to experts.
Reality: While cryo shipping requires knowledge and adherence to specific guidelines, it is not beyond the capabilities of well-trained professionals, such as couriers. Organizations can effectively and successfully transport materials by familiarizing themselves with the best practices, regulations, and temperature requirements for different biomaterials and individuals.
We hope to demystify the process and highlight its significance in various industries by debunking these five common myths surrounding cryo shipping. Cryo shipping, when executed using specialized containers, proper packaging, and temperature monitoring, enables the safe transportation of sensitive biomaterials, such as oocytes, sperm, and embryos. Understanding the realities and best practices in cryo shipping is necessary for researchers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved in the biotechnology field, ensuring the integrity and viability of transported materials and driving advancements in scientific research and assisted reproductive technologies.
by Valeriia Khomenko
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