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Major Water Leak in an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Laboratory: Emergency Response and Aftermath


In 1990, our Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) laboratory was constructed by retrofitting existing space in Greenville Memorial Hospital. In 1995, the laboratory was remodeled into a Class 100 Cleanroom with an adjacent Anteroom (1,2). The Anteroom is adjacent to the ART Operating Room (OR) where oocyte retrievals and embryo transfers are performed.

The laboratory had suffered minor water leaks from the ceiling in the past due to condensation on chilled water lines, roof leaks due to ongoing hospital construction projects and roof drains becoming…

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