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Case Reports from February 2017

The Cryonics Institutes 150th Patient

Monday, 20 February 2017 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 150

 

CI patient #150 was a 69 year old male from Florida.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death. 

 

The patient died at home on February 1, 2017. The next of kin had made arrangements with a local funeral director for the patient’s transport. The funeral director arrived at the home promptly after receiving the first call and the patient was cooled down with ice. The funeral director then transported the patient back to the funeral home, where the patient was kept in a refrigeration unit while permits and flight arrangements were obtained. 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 7:15 pm on the 2nd of February, approximately 32 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 4.2c. The perfusion was started at 8:01pm. 

 

Sara Walsh and Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there was 2 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 2 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 23 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. Perfusion to the body was stopped at 8:08 pm, almost immediately after beginning the perfusion, as the abdomen began to swell very quickly. There were only minimal clots noted during perfusion. The perfusion to the head was complete at 9:24 pm. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4232. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4216. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 2.82 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.51 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -4.6c at the end of the perfusion. There was only slight edema in the lips, cheeks, brow and eyelids, but none on the top of the head. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head and face of the patient. 

 

The patient was then placed into 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 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

The Cryonics Institutes 149th Patient

Monday, 20 February 2017 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 149

 

CI patient #149 was a 51 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died in the nursing home during the morning of January 25, 2017. The patient’s head was cooled with ice after death was pronounced. The patient had made arrangements with a local funeral director for his transport. The funeral director arrived at the nursing home promptly after receiving the first call. The funeral director then transported the patient back to the funeral home, where the patient was kept in a refrigeration unit while permits and flight arrangements were obtained. 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 9:50 am on the 27th of January, approximately 48 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 3.6c. The perfusion was started at 10:35 am. 

 

Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there was 1 liter of 10% Eg solution used, 3 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 39 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. There was moderate clotting of the blood noted in the drainage as the head and body were being perfused.  Perfusion to the body was stopped at 11:42 am as swelling was evident in the extremities and the abdomen. The perfusion to the head was complete at 11:56 am. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4228. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4209. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.53 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.45 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -4.9c at the end of the perfusion. There was only slight edema in the lips, cheeks, ears and eyelids, but none on the top of the head. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head and face. 

 

The patient was then placed into 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 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

The Cryonics Institutes 148th Patient

Monday, 20 February 2017 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 148

 

CI patient #148 was an 82 year old male from England.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient was pronounced dead in his home at 11:30 pm on January 11, 2017. The patient contracted with Cryonics UK to provide standby, cooling, and transportation. The perfusion was also performed by Cryonics UK and was completed by approximately 6:30 am on January 12th. (The case report from Cryonics UK will be made available once it is received.) After the perfusion, the patient was placed in dry ice while the necessary paperwork was obtained for transportation. 

 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in dry ice, in the evening of January 26th, approximately 15 days after death. The patient was then placed into 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 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

 

The Cryonics Institutes 147th Patient

Monday, 20 February 2017 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 147

 

CI patient #147 was a 76 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI/ACS member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died in a hospice care facility during the evening of January 12, 2017. The patient had made arrangements with Suspended Animation for standby, stabilization and transport. The patient deanimated before the SA team was able to arrive, so the patient was cooled down with ice and cold packs by the facility’s nurse and ACS volunteers. The SA contracted funeral director arrived promptly to transport the patient to the funeral home, where ACS volunteers continued the cooling and administered heparin and manual chest compressions while awaiting SA’s arrival. Once they arrived, the SA team performed further cool down and mechanical chest compressions. The SA surgeon and perfusionist then performed the blood washout and perfused the patient with organ preservative. The patient was then packed in ice and stored in the funeral home refrigeration unit until he could be transported to the airport. 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 9:55 pm on the 13th of January, approximately 24 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 1.9c. The perfusion was started at 10:45 pm. 

 

Jim Walsh, Sara Walsh, and Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there was 3 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 5 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 23.5 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. Perfusion to the body was stopped at 10:53 pm as the abdomen began to distend very quickly and perfusate was leaking from the sternal incision made for the blood washout. There was no evidence that the perfusate was reaching the extremities. The perfusion to the head was successful and was completed at 12:20 am. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.420. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4195. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 2.13 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.46 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -0.8c at the end of the perfusion. There was only slight edema in the eyelids and cheeks. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head, face, neck, and shoulders. 

 

The patient was then placed into 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 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

The Cryonics Institutes 146th Patient

Monday, 20 February 2017 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 146

 

CI patient #146 was an 87 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died in the hospital during the early morning of December 25, 2016. The hospital staff surrounded the patient’s head with ice immediately after death was pronounced. The next of kin made arrangements with a local funeral director for the patient’s transport. The funeral director arrived at the hospital promptly after the death and administered Heparin into the patient’s already existing central line. Chest compressions were performed for approximately 20 minutes to circulate the Heparin. The funeral director then transported the patient back to the funeral home, where the patient was kept in a refrigeration unit while permits and flight arrangements were obtained. 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility packed in ice at 1:10 am on the 28th of December, approximately 72 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 2.2c. The perfusion was started at 2:00 am.  No clots were noted in the drainage. Perfusion to the body was stopped after significant swelling of the abdomen was noted, along with no evidence of the perfusate reaching the extremities.

 

Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 6 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 10 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4070. Because the right jugular vein was compromised from a central venous catheter, no accurate readings of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein were possible. The average perfusion pressure was held at 125mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.93 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.29 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The perfusion to the head was complete at 2:52 am. The nasal temperature was 1.7c at the end of the perfusion. There was considerable edema in the face, but not on the top of the head. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head and face. 

 

The patient was then placed into 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 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

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