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This is a simplified description of the procedures that are performed by Oregon Cryonics. More technical descriptions may be found in our Manual
We should be contacted as early in the process as possible. The details on this page are generic and may be very different for a given patient.
If a patient is near death, someone from our team should be standing by, ready to act. Once legal death is pronounced by medical personnel, we begin cooling the head with ice water, and the body with bags of ice. The body is quickly moved into a vehicle or to a location where surgical procedures may be performed.
If the case is not in Salem, then a standby may not be possible. Layperson Stabilization may be used and a funeral director may arrange transport of the patient's body to Salem, Oregon as described in Instructions for Funeral Director or Pathologist.
Perfusion (pumping of liquids into the arteries) is performed to protect the fine structure of the brain and to prevent ice formation. The brain is then cooled down to -196 Celcius.
The brain is stored in liquid nitrogen.