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The Cryonics Institutes 184th Patient

by System Administrator / Wednesday, 10 June 2020 /

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Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 184


CI patient #184 was a 70 year old male from Michigan. The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.  


The patient died at home under hospice care at approximately 7:10 pm on January 13, 2020. The next of kin cooled the patient by surrounding him with packs of ice. The next of kin also administered Heparin and chest compressions. CI staff arrived at the home and added more ice to the patient to facilitate further cooling. After the hospice staff released him, the patient was then quickly transferred to the CI facility while covered in ice. 


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 and cold water was circulating on the table. The nasal temperature upon his arrival was 16.7c, though it quickly came down as cold water was circulated around the patient.


Jim Walsh and Hillary Martenson performed the perfusion.  The perfusion was completed at 12:10am.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution and 6 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 28 liters of 70% VM1 solution used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4229.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4232. The average perfusion pressure was held at 115mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.52 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.65 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -5.2c 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 and no swelling. There was slight distention of the abdomen, so the perfusion to the body was stopped at 11:47 pm, after dehydration and bronzing of the skin was visible through the trunk and on all extremities. The perfusion to both the head and body was successful.


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.