Cryonics has been called "An ambulance to the
future." There are only a few such ambulances in the
world. You can come visit, it's free of charge. Just
check out our next training date.
It's said that a friend will help you move, but a
true friend will help you move a body. That's part
of what we do.
The CardioPulmonary Support (CPS) machine helps to
ventilate the patient: it pumps oxygen through a
tube and face mask and does chest compressions to
massage the heart so that it pumps blood.
The Combitube is two tubes combined: one goes into
the lungs and the other into the stomach. The
patient can be ventilated and given antacid at the
Cryonics UK members practicing injecting
medications to the tubes prior to the perfusion
stage of the scenario. Currently Cryonics UK use the
VM-1 mixture provided by the Cryonics Institute,
which was developed by CI Staff cryobiologist Yuri
Pichugin in 2004.
September 23, 2010; Sheffield Park Hotel. Saul
Kent and Catherine Baldwin
from USA' Suspended
Animation, Inc. were in attendance. Cryonics
UK Organiser David Styles gave a presentation on the
topics of CUK and EUCRIO, showing a video of CUK
training, following by tours of the CUK clinic,
bulky equipment storage space, and ambulance. There
was a CUK equipment show-and-tell. We were joined by
people from England, Scotland, Wales, France,
Poland, Finland, and America.
Left: Bag valve mask: face mask, carbon dioxide
filter, ambu bag. Right: ambu cardiopump. Part of
the quarterly training.
A metal box needs to be used for shipping the
patient's body overseas, enclosed in a larger wooden
container. Inside there will be ice and dry ice so
the container cannot leak.
Ice pellets are placed around the body to help cool
it down. The thumper is massaging the heart,
medications are being given. The patient is ready to
be transported by the ambulance from the hospital,
where they would have recently died.
The sprinkler system is meant to move cold water
around the patient, aiding the heat removal from the
body. It consists of a submersible electric pump
with a flexible hose and spray head.
Used to control the flow direction of vitrification
fluid in the washout / perfusion kit. Tapping the
pipes with the rubber hammer helps remove air
lf there are no IV lines, an intra-osseous infuser
will be used to insert a needle via the chest bone.
The medication will be administered via the bone
Through this device various perfusion medications
can added to one system, and they can be controlled
one by one by closing and opening the valves.
One of our training kits at the Sheffield clinic.
CRYONICS UK is a non-profit organisation that provides assistance as necessary to those within the UK who wish for their body to be cryopreserved upon "death".
The inverted commas around the word "death" here are intentional.
A couple of hundred years ago, if you stopped breathing, they buried you. As recently as the 1950s, if your heart stopped, you'd be cremated. These days, it's more likely you'll be resuscitated and sent back to work to pay your taxes.
Science is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is considered "dead".
Cryonics simply pushes that boundary a little further.
By suspending a (legally dead) patient's body in liquid nitrogen, it is possible to prevent further deterioration of the body indefinitely. For obvious reasons, the initial cooldown is to be commenced as soon as possible after the patient is pronounced dead.
The intention behind this is that cryonic suspension is a sort of "ambulance to the future". Chances are reasonable that the treatment you will require to be revived will be available in the future (just look at how far humanity has come technologically in the past 50-100 years alone, and then project that forwards).
You just need to be in some condition to receive the benefits of those advances when they are developed. Cryonics aims to get you there.
We are a group of volunteers, aiming to provide the following services to any of our members at point of need (i.e., deathbed):
Cryonics UK is the operating name of the Human Organ Preservation Research Trust. Registered Charity Number 1001750.