The Cryonics Institute has successfully
concluded negotiations for a contract to offer Standby and Transport
assistance from the Florida cryopreservation research company Suspended
Animation, Inc. CI Members who wish to receive these services must
provide additional funding, part of which can be through life insurance.
"Standby" refers to a team of fully-equipped cryopreservation employees
waiting by the bedside of a cryonics patient close to legal death or at risk
of legal death. If the cryonics patient deanimates and is pronounced legally
dead by a physician or qualified nurse, then the Standby team will immediately
attempt to begin the application of cryonics stabilization procedures,
cooling and the use of a heart-lung device.
"Transport" includes moving the cryonics patient from the location where death
was pronounced to the CI Facility in Michigan. During Transport the Suspended
Animation team will attempt to continue to apply procedures intended to prevent damage
to tissues, particularly the brain. These procedures will include blood washout
and may include cryoprotectant perfusion (depending upon whether the patient
wishes CI or Suspended Animation to do the final perfusion).
Details of the Standby and Transport Services Protocols and Fees can be
found on the Cryonics Institute website: Click Here
The normal funding mechanism for CI Members is to have a basic fee for
perfusion, cool- down and long-term storage -- currently $28,000 Option One
and $35,000 Option Two. Additionally, for Members not living in the Michigan
area CI has a Local Help Rider to pay for services of a remote funeral director,
which may include heparinization, some CPR, packing in ice and transport to
Michigan. For the Local Help Rider CI Members are expected to allocate
additional funding -- up to $5,000 in the US and up to $15,000 overseas. This
can be included in their insurance or in prepayment.
The Suspended Animation agreement is simply an extension of the Local Help Rider.
The SA Rider not only provides for payment for a remote funeral director (whom
Suspended Animation would work-with and pay), but for post-mortem standby and
transport. Formally, the new agreement is not much different from the usual
Local Help Rider except that the protocol is more extensive, the price is higher
and the Rider would be (initially) restricted to US Members. Insurance funding
is currently only available for procedures that Suspended Animation performs
after pronouncement of death. Pre-mortem Standby must be funded through
pre-payment or a special bank account. CI Members interested in Suspended
Animation Standby should examine the information available on the CI Website:
Here Further information may be obtained on the SA website and below.