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The Cryonics Institute’s 197th Patient

by System Administrator / Friday, 1 January 2021 /


CI patient #197 was a 95 year old male from Maine.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

Standby, stabilization, and transportation arrangements were made in advance with Suspended Animation (SA). Suspended Animation arrived with their equipment for standby at the patient’s home, where he was under hospice care. The patient died in the late morning on October 19th, 2020. After the patient was legally pronounced deceased and released to SA, they performed their procedures for cool-down and stabilization. (A detailed case report will be provided by Suspended Animation.) After SA’s procedures were complete, the patient was packed in ice and prepared for transportation by commercial airline.

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 2:40pm on October 20th, approximately twenty nine hours after death. Nasal temperature was 2.3c upon arrival. The patient was transferred to the operating table and the perfusion was started at 3:14pm.

During the perfusion there was 2 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 4.5 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 41 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4215.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.420.  The average perfusion pressure was held at 117mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.07 liters per minute and was reduced to .55 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. Nasal temperature was
-9.1c at the end of the perfusion.

A full body perfusion was performed. The perfusion to the body was stopped at 4pm because there was a notable swelling in the right side of the chest and effluents were coming from the lungs.  The perfusion to the head was complete at 4:10.  Dehydration of the body and head was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.   There was very slight edema noted in the face.

The patient was then placed in 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.