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The Cryonics Institutes 163rd Patient

by System Administrator / Thursday, 22 February 2018 /


Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 163


CI patient #163 was a 71 year old male from New York.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.


The patient died in the hospital during the early morning hours of February 12, 2018. After the patient was pronounced dead, the contracted funeral home cooled him with ice and brought him to the funeral home. He remained in ice and refrigeration while the paperwork needed for transportation was obtained. 


The patient arrived at the CI facility, in ice, at approximately 11:00 pm on the 13th of February, approximately 41 hours after death. The nasal temperature upon his arrival was 7c. 


Hillary Martenson performed the perfusion.  During the perfusion there were 3 liters of 30% Eg solution used and 7 liters of 70% VM1 solution used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4135. It was very difficult to obtain a definitive reading from the right jugular vein. The average perfusion pressure was held at 125mm and metal cannulas were used in each carotid artery.  Flow rate started at 0.72 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.32 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was 1.6c at the end of the perfusion. 


Due to the condition of the patient’s body upon arrival, including pitting edema in the extremities, the decision was made to perfuse just the patient’s head. Dehydration and bronzing of the skin were visible on the face and head during the majority of the perfusion. The perfusion was halted at 1:15 am when the eyes, lips, and cheeks of the patient began swelling and the refractive index was no longer increasing. It was decided that continuing the perfusion would have only caused more swelling and would not have been beneficial to the patient.  


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.