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                      Alcor News Bulletin
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                    Number 37: April 8, 2005

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                     Authors This Issue:

Jennifer Chapman [JC], Diane Cremeens [DC], Tanya Jones
[TJ], Mike Perry [MP], Joe Waynick [JW], Web Working Group
[WWG].

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In this issue:

*   Emergency Response System Changes
*   Medic-Alert ID Phone Numbers
*   Standby Initiated for A-2024
*   Transport Team Matters
*   Pet Cryopreservation, P-029
*   Facility Expansion Project
*   Database Enhancements
*   Website Update
*   Membership Statistics
*   Conference Postponed to 2006
*   Employment Opportunities for Medical Professionals
*   Next Board Meeting

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          Emergency Response System (ERS) Changes

We implemented a change to our Emergency Response System.
Some time ago, Charles Platt investigated answering services
to take over the handling of emergency phone calls. Joe
Waynick investigated the options, and selected Focus
Telecommunnications, Inc. to handle our emergency lines.

Implementation of the new ERS has required that our
protocols change slightly, as all calls from each of our
toll-free emergency numbers now forward to Focus. Focus has
been given a script to follow for those calls and contact
lists that include notifying first, the essential transport
personnel and second, the facility staff of a pending case.

During the past month of testing, we have received 20
emergency call notifications; the majority were not actual
emergencies, though a few were. (One such notification was
for a member [A-2024] who'd had a stroke-like event that
evening; another launched a last-minute case query.) In most
of the calls, the caller immediately admits the situation is
not an emergency, at which point they're instructed to
contact Alcor on its normal business line during the hours
of 9am to 6pm.

In the beginning, the call service was not collecting all
the information we requested and was also sending out
duplicate notifications of an emergency. In the latter case,
this required re-configuration of their software, something
that was completed a couple weeks ago. In the former, I
spoke with their trainers, having offered to visit and
provide training on the script. They declined my offer, and
trained their personnel internally. Though we still have
some minor communication issues to resolve, the system does
seem to be working. [TJ]

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                Medic-Alert ID Phone Numbers

In the past, emergency and other phone numbers at Alcor have
changed and old numbers have become inactive. It is
important to keep the emergency numbers current on Medic
Alert ID tags (bracelets and necktags)--a quick phone call
to Alcor Central may one day be crucial. Accordingly, it has
been Alcor's longstanding policy to replace old ID tags with
new ones when phone numbers are updated. We have made
diligent efforts to see that all members have updated tags;
unfortunately, we are occasionally notified that an
emergency number on an ID tag doesn't work. Our current
emergency numbers are 800-367-2228 and (note area code) 480-
922-9013. If the number(s) on your tag(s) do not match
these, we apologize and you are encouraged to let us know
about the problem immediately so we can replace your ID
tag(s). Contact D'Bora Tarrant at Alcor: 480-905-1906 x 101
or email her at [MP]

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                 Standby Initiated for A-2024

We received a call just after midnight on March 21 that one
of our members had suffered an acute stroke and was admitted
to the hospital for testing and observation. We'd been aware
that the member was suffering from cancer and all treatment
had been stopped, and we'd been keeping in contact with the
family on his condition. We felt it necessary to launch a
standby, once our Transport Coordinator arrived on scene to
assess the patient. This was the first standby initiated
under the new Comprehensive Member Standby (CMS) policy.

Four team members were sent: one of the Florida paramedics,
an EMT from Nevada (as part of our commitment to spreading
the transport experience among the regions), and Bill Voice
and I traveled from Alcor. Bill was there for five days and
the rest of us for four before the standby stood down. The
patient is currently in stable condition, and we are in more
than daily contact with the family and medical professionals
on-site.

While we were on location, we prepared all the transport
equipment, negotiated closely with the local funeral home,
consulted with the nursing personnel, and discussed all
aspects of the case with the patient and his family.
Everyone we met was supportive of the patient's wishes. By
the time we left, all logistical arrangements that could be
done in advance were done. Equipment remains on site to
facilitate a rapid deployment in the near future. [TJ]

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                   Transport Team Matters

Hara Ra and Andrea Van De Loo have resigned as northern
California Regional Coordinators. We regret the loss of
these team members, but intend to ensure that northern
California retains its transport capabilities and continues
to benefit from the improved training we are now providing.
It is my impression that communication and collaboration are
on the rise among Alcor and the regions, and that the
changes in protocol thus far have begun to improve
standardization in field procedures. Though no new northern
California Regional Coordinator has been selected, we have
identified a member willing to hold the kit until such time
as a new coordinator is selected.

Our next training session will still be held in northern
California and is scheduled for Saturday, April 23.

We have begun receiving the transport team member contracts
in the mail. Given the extensive negotiations that went on
during the drafting of these contracts, many members have
been content to sign and return them quickly. We've heard
some concerns about signing the contracts from members in
the United Kingdom, due to the exclusivity clause. Team
members in the UK are hoping that we will be able to
complete cooperative agreements with other organizations so
that they may participate in any cases that arise in their
region. We will keep everyone posted as these agreements
with other organizations develop. [TJ]

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                  Pet Cryopreservation, P-029
During this past week, we completed the cryoprotection and
preservation of a member's cat. This was the first companion
animal cryoprotection that Alcor has done in some time, and
we felt it necessary to pull together capability in the new
operating room, so as not to compromise the state of
readiness needed in case of sudden death for one of our
members. The cryoprotection went well, and 101% of the
target concentration was achieved. Cooldown was completed on
a slightly faster curve.

We discussed collecting fracture data on the cat, but had no
drill small enough to make burr holes for crackphone
monitoring. In the end, we inserted the probe under the
scalp, just to see if it would register any fractures. No
fracture events were detected, but this data itself is
inconclusive. [TJ]

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                   Facility Upgrade Project

We have delayed pulling the demolition permit because of
requests for additional electrical load calculations from
the city. In addition, the bidders needed those calculations
to give us estimates. New load calculations have been
completed and all bidders are expected to have their bids in
by Tuesday. A selection will be made Wednesday or Thursday,
the demolition permit will be pulled Thursday or Friday and
demolition can begin the following week. This delay is not
expected to impact our June 30th completion date. [JW]

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                    Database Enhancements

Over the past three months there have been over 135,000
field updates to standard data entries in critical fields of
the central database. This effort has already alerted us to
several interesting membership recruiting patterns we intend
to pursue that we believe will help us increase our member
growth rate on a long-term basis. We are now focusing our
efforts on updating the financial and medical information
for all members. [JW]

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                        Website Update

We've recently added online forms that will transfer data
directly into Alcor's database. The two forms currently
being developed are an info pack request form and a tour
request form.

In March, a major research article on brain cryopreservation
with high concentration glycerol (1990s cryonics technology)
was reproduced on the site with kind permission of Mike
Darwin:

http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/braincryopreservation1.htm
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This is accessible via the Cryobiology subsection of the
Scientific Basis section of the Library.

The article, reproduced from 1995 CryoCare Report, is an
unprecedently rigorous and detailed examination of
cryopreservation with glycerol, with stunning micrographs.
Already this week I observed this URL used to radically
change the cryonics opinion of a scoffing neuroscientist in
a blog debate. Keep this URL handy for any cryonics defense!
You can also jump more directly to the micrographs with:
http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/braincryopreservation1.htm
l#micrographs

The Thomas Donaldson right-to-die case web page was also
expanded to include much more background, including the text
of the final court decision:

http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/Donaldson-
VanDeKampAbstract.html

As always, a real-time list of new things on the site is
available at http://www.alcor.org/whatsnew.html. [WWG]

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                     Membership Statistics

On March 31, 2005, Alcor had 730 members on its Emergency
Responsibility List. Seven memberships were approved during
this month, no memberships were reinstated, eight
memberships were cancelled, and no members were
cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net loss of one member
this month.

The large number of cancellations included the departure of
four individuals who had been approved as minors. Despite
repeated attempts, they would not sign the membership
agreements since becoming adults. The main obstacle was
apathy, not an objection to retaining the membership. The
remaining cancellations were due to member request.

At the end of this month, Alcor had 106 applicants for
membership. A large number of applicants (35) who had been
non-responsive for an extensive period of time were
cancelled and three others entered the application process.

The growth outlook for April is more optimistic; 20-30
approvals are expected this month due to the rate increase
deadline.

During the month of March, 118 information packs were
distributed. Of those, 103 were mailed, and 15 were handed
to facility tour participants. Our average for 2005 is
currently 81 per month, compared to 50 in 2004. [DC]

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              Conference Postponed until 2006

The Alcor conference scheduled for August 2005 has been
postponed until 2006. Dates and details will be released
when conference planning resumes.

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      Employment Opportunity for Medical Professionals

Have you ever thought about joining the Alcor team? We have
immediate needs for licensed Paramedics, Emergency Medical
Technicians, Registered Nurses, Lab Technicians and more to
join our nationwide Transport Team. Participation would be
on a contractual basis.

You'll be given cryonics training that will enable you to
participate in our patient rescue and transport cases.
Licensed professionals do not have to be Alcor members to
work with us. We welcome your expertise and interest. If
you're interested, send your resume to:
[JW]

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                      Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 7,
2004 at 11:00 AM (MST).

Board meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month
at the Alcor facility (7895 East Acoma Drive in Scottsdale,
AZ). Members and the public are encouraged to attend.

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