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Case Reports from August 2019

The Cryonics Institute’s 178th patient

Friday, 23 August 2019 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 178

 

CI patient #178 was a 69 year old male from Indiana.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died at home, while under hospice care, at 3:15pm on August 14, 2019.  The next of kin called to notify CI staff and already had called hospice and the funeral home was on their way to the patient. The patient was placed into an ice bath in a Ziegler case by the funeral home staff. The patient was then transferred to the CI facility by automobile after the transit permit was obtained.  

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility in the ice bath at 10:40pm on August 14th, approximately seven and half hours after death.  The nasal temperature upon his arrival was -0.8c.

 

Hillary Martenson performed the perfusion.  The perfusion was completed at 12:20am.  During the perfusion there were 3 liters of 10% Eg solution, 3 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 15 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.3984.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4034. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used. The nasal temperature was -2.8c at the end of the perfusion. 

 

There were several large blood clots noted during the perfusion and there was very little flow from the jugular veins and there did not appear to be much blood. The face and abdomen both began to swell and there was very minimal evidence of bronzing. It appeared the solutions were going in, but there was not an equal amount of drainage. The decision was made to stop the perfusion before reaching the desired refractive index because of the visible swelling. 

 

The patient was then transferred to 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. 

 

 

Notes: 

 

After conducting research, it was discovered that the patient’s cause of death is known to affect the bone marrow and the ability to make new blood cells, which would explain the low blood volume. It is also known to cause hyperviscosity of blood, which would explain the thick blood and large clots. It was confirmed by the family that the patient had very low blood counts near death. It appeared that the very little blood the patient had was thick and clotted and caused poor flow of the solutions, which lead to the swelling

The Cryonics Institute’s 177th patient

Friday, 23 August 2019 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 177

 

CI patient #177 was a 68 year old male from New Jersey.  The patient was not a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died at home on June 14, 2019. The patient’s next of kin contacted CI after the death had already occurred and instructions were given for how to make him a patient at CI. The CI protocol for post-mortem non members was followed. The next of kin contracted with a local funeral home to pack him in dry ice and store him for the minimum two week period while the contracts and funding were organized. A perfusion was not able to be performed due to these circumstances. 

 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, in dry ice, on July 8, 2019, just over three weeks after death. The patient was then placed into the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human cooling program from dry ice was selected and the time needed to cool the patient to liquid nitrogen temperature was 25 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

 

 

The Cryonics Institute’s 176th patient

Friday, 23 August 2019 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 176

 

CI patient #176 was an 86 year old male from Michigan.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The patient died in the hospital at approximately 5:05 am on June 1, 2019. After the patient was pronounced dead, the hospital staff moved him to the morgue’s refrigeration unit. CI staff arrived at the hospital and added ice under and around the patient’s head and on the shoulders and chest. The patient was then transferred to the CI facility.  

 

Upon the patient’s arrival at the CI facility, he was transferred to the operating table in the perfusion room and was immediately covered with more ice. Cold water was running down the table to facilitate further cool down.  The nasal temperature upon his arrival was 6c.

 

Hillary Martenson performed the perfusion.  The perfusion was completed at 12:12pm.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution and 8.5 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 28 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4208.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4209. The average perfusion pressure was held at 115mm and metal cannulas were used. The nasal temperature was -2.4c at the end of the perfusion. 

 

There were no blood clots noted during the perfusion and there was good flow from both of the jugular veins. Significant dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing of the skin. No edema or swelling was noted. The perfusion of the head was very successful. There was minimal bronzing in the extremities and the perfusion to the body was stopped at 11:47am when distention of the abdomen became visible. 

 

The patient was then transferred to 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 12 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage. 

The Cryonics Institute’s 175th patient

Friday, 23 August 2019 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 175

 

CI patient #175 was a 77 year old female from Georgia.  The patient was a CI member at the time of her death.

 

The patient died at home under hospice care on April 1, 2019. The patient’s next of kin had made arrangements with a local funeral home for the initial cool down and transportation. The patient did not want a perfusion, so she was immediately packed in dry ice. The funeral home staff drove the patient to the CI facility.

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, in dry ice, on April 2, 2019, approximately 17 hours after death. Since the patient was not completely to dry ice temperature yet, she was transferred to CI’s temporary dry ice holding unit until she reached the correct temperature. The patient was then placed into the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human cooling program from dry ice was selected and the time needed to cool the patient to liquid nitrogen temperature was 24 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

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