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The Cryonics Institutes 139th Patient

Saturday, 1 October 2016 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 139

CI patient #139 was a CI member at the time of the patients death.  The next of kin had contracted with a local funeral director to provide perfusion, dry ice cooling and transport services.  The patient was perfused with CI’s vitrification solution, which was purchased from CI and immediately placed in dry ice.  The funeral director then proceeded to obtain the necessary permits to transport the patient to the US in dry ice.

The Cryonics Institute’s 138th Patient

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 138 

CI patient #138 is a 74 year-old female who was pronounced legally dead in Washington State on July 20th, 2016. The patient was a CI Lifetime Member at the time of pronouncement. 

One of the patient's sons, also a CI member, had contracted with a local funeral home to provide refrigeration and transportation services. The patient was pronounced in the late afternoon of July 20, 2016. Hospital staff then immediately cooled the patient's head and neck with water ice, administered heparin provided by the son and conducted chest compressions for eight minutes. The patient was then covered in additional water ice and transferred to the hospital's morgue. Later in the evening, the patient was transported to the funeral home's refrigeration facility where she remained until being flown to CI in the morning of July 22, 2016, 

The patient arrived at the CI facility at 730pm eastern standard time on the 22nd of July, about 50 hours after the time of death.  There were only freezer gel packs in with the patient and no water ice.  Jim Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral director was present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at 8:15pm.  Due to the fact that the patient had kidney failure, liver failure and retained a large amount of fluids, along with the fact that it had been more than 48 hours after death, the perfusion efforts were focused on the head and brain. 

The perfusion was completed at 9:10pm.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 30% Eg solution used and 13 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4182.  Average perfusion pressure was 136mm and the average flow rate was .49 liters per minute.  There was little flow through the left side of the brain, possibly due to a previous injury to the brain stem, and no measurements were able to be taken from the left jugular vein.  There was a small amount of bronzing on the left side of the head and face.  Considerable dehydration of the right side of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.   Slight edema was noted at the end of the perfusion. 

The patient was then placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human vitrification program was selected and the time needed to cool the patient to liquid nitrogen temperature was five days and 14 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.  

The Cryonics institutes 137th Patient

Sunday, 13 March 2016 by System Administrator

 

 

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 137

 

CI patient #137, James Swayze, was a 57 year old male who died in Washington State on February 28th, 2016.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient had contracted with a local funeral director to provide initial cooling and transport services.  The patient died in the early morning hours of February 28th, 2016.  The patient was cooled in ice soon after death was pronounced and the funeral director administered heparin.  Chest compressions were performed and the funeral director completely covered the patient in water ice and placed the patient in refrigeration.  Because of difficulties with the medical examiner, the patient was not able to be transported until March 1st.  The patient was in water ice and refrigeration during the full time. 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in water ice at approximately 3pm on the 2nd of March. The nasal temperature of the patient was 0.2c.  Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral director, and CI employee, Hillary McCauley, who is also a licensed funeral director were both present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at about 3:30pm.  A full body perfusion was attempted, but was aborted due to poor circulation and the efforts were concentrated on the head.  No clotting in the blood was noted.

 

The perfusion was completed at 5:15pm.  During the perfusion there were 6 liters of 30% Eg solution used and 18 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The refractive index was measured from the burr holes in the head instead of the jugular veins because of the poor flow from the jugular veins.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right burr hole was 1.4145.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left burr hole was 1.4163.  Considerable edema of the head and face was noted, though edema in the brain was not noted.  The nasal temperature upon completion of the perfusion was -1.9c.

 

The patient was then placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human vitrification program was selected and the time needed to cool the patient to liquid nitrogen temperature was five days and 17 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

 

 

 

Comments:  Difficulties in getting the medical examiner to act quickly and a limited choice of flights to transport the patient to Michigan caused considerable delay, which in turn impaired the perfusion efforts.

 

 

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