Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
The main preservative component of GreenMBalm™ is a special blended ethanol, with other nontoxic proprietary aids.
As with all anatomical specimens, this is going to depend on many factors, including the pathology of the deceased, the quality of the embalming process, and the care of the donor during use. The best way to answer this is through comparison. We have found through our research trials that the GreenMBalm™ donors last comparably with traditional formaldehyde/phenol preserved donors, and require less maintenance, such as wetting solutions or use of submersion to rehydrate donors.
GSG has not had any fungal or bacterial issues with GreenMBalm™ donors. The present formula contains multiple antimicrobial agents to destroy microorganisms or to prevent their development.
The amount of fluid is determined by the initial weight of the donor. For general application, we will use 2.5 gallons of a 1:1 dilution with water for every 50 pounds of body weight. This translates into using one, 5-gallon container of GreenMBalm™ to preserve 200lbs of body weight.
We refer to standard formaldehyde preservation as “hard-cure” which is rigid fixation of all tissues. Ammonium Nitrate preservation, or “soft cure” is complete pliability of all tissues. GreenMBalm™ is in the middle. The tissues are rigid enough for dissection and study, but you will have the benefits of vessel elasticity, lung inflatability and the like.