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The Cryonics Institute’s 176th patient

by System Administrator / Friday, 23 August 2019 /


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.