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The Cryonics Institute’s 198th Patient

by System Administrator / Friday, 1 January 2021 /


CI patient #198 was a 48 year old male from New York.  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). SA arrived with their equipment for standby at the patient’s home, where he was under hospice care. The patient died at about 9pm on December 14th, 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 to the CI facility.  Once the transit permit was obtained, the patient was driven to CI.  The patient was driven to CI instead of being flown, because a flight was not available until the next day to Covid slow-downs with the airlines.

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 5:20pm on December 15th, approximately twenty hours after death. Nasal temperature was .3c upon arrival. The patient was transferred to the operating table and the perfusion was started at 6pm.

During the perfusion there was 1 liter of 10% Eg solution used, 3 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 18 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4266.  There was only a trace amount of flow from the left jugular and readings could not be taken from it.  There were a many cancerous tumors on the left side of the neck and it is believed that they may have restricted the flow from the left jugular vein.  Only the patients head was perfused.  The average perfusion pressure was held at 118mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at .52 liters per minute and was reduced to .45 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. Nasal temperature was -3.7c at the end of the perfusion.

The perfusion was complete at 7:25pm.  Dehydration of the head was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.   There was no edema noted in the head, neck or face.

The patient was then placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to -196c.  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.