Services


The guidance

The outline of services below summarises our procedures, which are based on those of long-established cryonics organisations in USA. We will need adjustments for our local situation, but in general, we are guided by their procedures and protocols, which can be read in detail here:

Alcor procedures

Alcor perfusion protocol

Cryonics Institute procedures

Cryonics Institute perfusion protocol

Standby

At your bedside, carers and hospital staff are understandably focussed on their work and could be unaware of the need to avoid delay when your death finally occurs. And your family and friends are grieving. Here, our representatives will work quickly and efficiently without intruding. After the death certificate has been obtained, your body is cooled with portable equipment and ice packs, paying particular attention to your head. Cardio-pulmonary support (CPS) is provided with a Lucas 2 device. Where appropriate, various medications are administered to reduce ischemic injury. These initial stabilisation treatments are continued during transportation to the premises of the local funeral director, or to those of the central funeral director if you are located in Sydney. There, you undergo further cooling and CPS.

If you are not located in Sydney, your body is packed in a cooled metal Zeigler casket (a specialised coffin) in preparation for the journey to the central funeral home in Sydney.

Perfusion

After your deceased body has been stabilised, perfusion with cryoprotectant chemicals is performed according to the appropriate * vitrification protocol. While the brain is the primary target of this procedure, the body may also be perfused.

* In a few cases, freezing and the use of glycerine might be the preferred method of cryonic suspension, rather than vitrification. This option can be offered if required.

We can order the perfusion chemicals from overseas beforehand if sufficient notice is given. Or if you have died suddenly, the stabilisation procedures provide sufficient time to obtain the chemicals.

In preparation for long-distance transportation to the cryonics storage facility, your temperature is then lowered further over several days to allow packing with dry ice. A combination of the metal Zeigler casket and a specialised outer container are used to package your body for the transportation.

Transportation

Through our network of funeral directors, transportation of your body is arranged via air freight. This is always done under optimal temperature conditions to minimise deterioration of your tissues over the time taken by the journey.

If you are in a remote location when you die, you will need transportation between there and our central funeral home in Sydney, which could take several hours. If not, that trip is simpler and quicker within Sydney. Regardless, you will also need transportation to your chosen cryonics storage facility. This would again be either several hours to the proposed Southern Cryonics site here in Australia, or a much longer journey to an overseas facility.

At this stage, you are in a stable pre-vitrified state, and this requires maintenance of your temperature within a narrow low range over the transportation period. This is ensured through the use of specialised containers and replenishment of the dry ice in Hawaii for overseas patients. Our central funeral director also ensures that all regulatory requirements for international transportation of a deceased person are met.