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News Blog of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation

Readiness and Transport

Alcor recently acquired its second LUCAS 2 chest compression device replacing the older LUCAS, leaving one assigned to the airline travel kit and one now assigned to the Rescue Vehicle.

The LUCAS 2 differs from the original Lucas in that it is an electric rather than a pneumatic device. This eliminates the need to carry or locate a portable O2 supply while on deployment. LUCAS 2 can be powered either by battery alone or using a wall or car electricity outlet. The battery is the latest in rechargeable, Lithium Ion Polymer technology and operates for up to 45 minutes on a single battery. When a battery needs to be replaced, the device does not have to be powered down, only put into the pause mode, and when the new battery is inserted, operation can be quickly resumed, limiting the cessation of circulation. The LUCAS 2 is remarkably quieter to operate, which is very important in a hospital or hospice setting.

New Statistics

Membership
Alcor had 926 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Two (2) memberships were approved during this month, one (1) membership was reinstated, four (4) memberships were cancelled and two (2) members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net loss of three (3) members in September 2010.

Applicants
Alcor had 53 applicants for membership. Seven (7) new applicants were added, two (2) applicants were converted to members and no applicants were cancelled resulting in a net gain of five (5) applicants in September 2010.

Information Packets
Alcor received 161 information packet requests. There were 194 info packs requested in September 2010, 14 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 206 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.

Alcor Board of Directors Meeting-Summary

The Alcor Board of Directors was present at the Alcor facility on September 11, 2010, for the annual Board of Directors meeting which was open to the public. During this meeting elections were held for officers and board members. Jennifer Chapman was re-elected as President of Alcor. Mike Perry was re-elected as Alcor Treasurer and Secretary. Board members: Tim Shavers, Ralph Merkle, Michael Riskin, Ravin Jain, Brian Wowk, Saul Kent, Michael Seidl, and James Clement were re-elected as the Board of Directors of Alcor.

Strategic meetings were held throughout the weekend with board members, management and staff to discuss research & development, technical progress and membership issues. 

We will have more information about the meeting on our blog and in future newsletters.

Upcoming Training Session

PHOENIX
Alcor will host a training session for the Arizona Response Team on Saturday, October 16th. This will be held at Alcor Central in Scottsdale, AZ starting at 1:00 pm. Aaron Drake, Alcor’s Medical Response Director will conduct the training.

Topics to be covered include learning the operation of Alcor’s new Lucas 2 chest compression system, obtaining rapid vascular access with a Bone Injection Gun and establishing an advanced airway using the King Airway. This will also be a great opportunity to meet and interact with Alcor’s new Readiness Coordinator, Steve Graber.

Immediately following the training, the monthly cryonics meetup will be held at its usual location, just down the street. Come and enjoy an afternoon AND evening of cryonics fun!

New Statistics (As August 31, 2010)

Membership
Alcor had 929 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Six (6) memberships were approved during this month, two (2) memberships were reinstated, three (3) memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of five (5) members this month.
Applicants
Alcor had 48 applicants for membership. Four (4) new applicants were added, six (6) applicants were converted to members and four (4) applicants were cancelled resulting in a net loss of six (6) applicants for this month.
Information Packets
Alcor received 161 information packet requests. Thirteen (13) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 207 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.