X-Message-Number: 657
Subject: CRYONICS - ACS and Alcor
From:  (Edgar W. Swank)
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 92 16:34:27 PST

Based on a phone call from Art Quaife on 02/15/92, I would like
to make some corrections to my commentary about the circumstances
of the suspension described in Msg #652.

The nursing home was within, not "at some distance from" the Bay Area.
The location was not familiar to ACS/TT people, hence the need for

The patient _had_ paid Emergency Responsibility fees, but other
paperwork, particularly paperwork to insure suspension funding, had
not been started.

TT no longer offers Emergency Standby as a formal service, with a
fixed price list. It will consider requests for this service on a
case by case basis.

Apparently, based on Msg 653 from Steven Harris, Alcor and ACS/TT are
similar in that there is no commitment for standby as a formal service
but is often available informally on a volunteer or ad hoc basis.

Your technical comment, Steven, is over my head. I understood
the dehydration comment came from an M.D. on the scene. I will
ask Art to confer with Paul Segall for a comment.

By the way, Steven, it's "Mr." Swank, or just "Edgar". My highest
education is a B.S. in Physics.



Trans Time offers the full range of cryonic suspension services to
persons, called Donors, who have made the necessary legal and
financial arrangements to be placed in cryonic suspension upon legal

Emergency Responsibility

*    Maintain on file copies of the Donor's legal and funding
     documents for suspension.

*    Notify the Donor of inadequacies in his legal and financial

*    When these arrangements are in order, accept responsibility to
     place the Donor in cryonic suspension upon his legal death.

*    Maintain the Life Line 24 hour emergency phone notification
     service, in order to respond rapidly to the Donor's death.

*    Assist in making arrangements for transport of the Donor from the
     place of death to our facilities in California.

*    Maintain at our facilities equipment and trained personnel in a
     continuous state of readi- ness to initiate suspension procedures
     such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cooling of the Donor's
     body, and injection of appropriate pharmacological agents.

*    Maintain necessary equipment, chemicals, supplies, and personnel
     ready to conduct all Phases of the suspension of the Donor.

Phases I and II

*    Introduce cryoprotective chemicals into the Donor's body while
     lowering his tempera- ture to that of solid carbon dioxide, by a
     method designed to minimize the damage to the physical structures
     upon which the Donor's biological and psychological functioning


*    Place the Donor within an insulated container, and place the
     Donor and container within a cryogenic storage capsule, cooled by
     liquid nitrogen, by procedures designed to mini- mize thermal and
     mechanical stresses upon the Donor.  Trans Time supplies and
     main- tains ownership of such capsules.

Long Term Storage

*    Maintain the Donor continuously at liquid nitrogen temperatures.

 (Edgar W. Swank)
SPECTROX SYSTEMS +1.408.252.1005  Silicon Valley, Ca

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