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The Cryonics Institute’s 131st Patient

Saturday, 4 April 2015 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 131

CI patient #131 was a 90 year old male from Colorado.  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 a hospice facility at about 11pm on March 18, 2015.  The patient was packed in water ice by the hospice nurses and the funeral director was contacted.  The funeral director took the patient from the hospice facility to their funeral home and placed the patient in refrigeration with water ice packed around the patient.  Heparin was not administered by the hospice or by the funeral home.

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in water ice at approximately 9pm on the 20th of March.  Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral director, was present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at about 10 pm.  Perfusion efforts were concentrated on the head, but because of considerable edema and very little return from the jugular veins, the perfusion was stopped before saturation of the tissues was achieved.  One liter of 10% EG, 4 liters of 30% EG and 3 liters of 70%VM1 was used.

The patient was placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature over a 36 hour period.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

The Cryonics Institute’s 130th Patient

Monday, 30 March 2015 by System Administrator

CI patient #130 was a 70 year old male who died in a Michigan hospital on February 24th 2015 after being hospitalized for an extended amount of time.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died at about 2pm on the 24th of February.  The nurses injected the patient with heparin, did chest compressions, packed his head in ice and then sent him to the hospital morgue.  CI was contacted and a CI employee, along with CI’s cooperating funeral director, Jim Walsh, went to the hospital and picked up the patient and brought him back to the CI facility.

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility at about 6pm.  Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral director, was present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at about 7:30pm.  No clotting of the blood was observed.  There was a lot of edema noted in the patient because the patient was on life support at the hospital for an extended period of time and the patient retained a lot of fluids.  

 

The perfusion was completed at 9:15pm.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution, 8 liters of 30 % Eg solution and 65 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein from the head was 1.4222.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein from the head was 1.420.  Considerable dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a considerable bronzing color of the skin.  The perfusion to the body did not produce saturation of the tissues with the cryoprotective solution due to the edema in the body.

 

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 patient was cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature over a period of almost six days.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

 

 

 

Comments:  The patient’s son was present at the hospital and he was very supportive and instrumental in his father’s cryonics arrangements.  By being at the hospital, the patient’s son was able to secure the help of the nurses with injecting heparin, doing chest compressions and starting the patient cooling in ice.

The Cryonics Institute’s 129th Patient

Thursday, 5 February 2015 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 129

CI patient #129 was an 81 year old male from Maryland who died at home under hospice care on January 30th, 2015.  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 at approximately 10:30am on January 30, 2015.  The patient was packed in water ice and transported to the airport where he was then flown to the CI facility.  Heparin was not administered by the hospice providers or funeral director.

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in water ice at approximately 11:30pm on the 30th of January.  Jim and Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral directors, were both present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at about midnight.  Body perfusion was attempted, but because of clotting of the blood, the amount of cryoprotective solution that was absorbed into the body was minimal, though some dehydration and bronzing of the skin was observed in the upper arms and torso.

The perfusion was completed at 1:18am.  During the perfusion there were 5 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 8 liters of 30 % Eg solution used and 13 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The flow rate during perfusion with 70% VM1 was .23 liters per minute with a pressure of 127mm.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4128.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein were not measured because the funeral director could not place a drain tube in the jugular vein because the vein was smaller in size than normal.  Dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.  Some edema started to appear on the left side of the patient’s neck and face 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 19 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.
 

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