What do our customers use dry ice for? Let’s look at the medical sector; Ireland’s bone banks use dry ice for transporting fresh frozen femoral heads. A femoral head is the highest part of the thigh bone (femur) that sits into the hip socket. Bone banks procure femoral heads from donor patients undergoing hip replacement surgery.

These femoral heads are a source of allograft bone that is used in grafting procedures to act as a temporary calcium deposit on which a patient’s own bone eventually grows. An allograft bone contains no living cells; since the transplanted bone doesn’t contain living marrow and as it’s only used as a scaffold for bone growth, it’s rarely rejected. Femoral heads are stored in -80oC freezers which makes dry ice (at -78oC) ideal for transportation between medical facilities/hospitals.

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