Deep-chilling Trauma Patients

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Deep-chilling Trauma Patients

Post by Steve.Bridge » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:58 pm

This is not a story about cryonics -- but your friends won't know that, and they may ask you what you think about it. It is good to understand this story so you can talk with them. If you then choose to extend these ideas to a cryonics discussion, that's good, too. ;) ... 51212500/1

Cryonicists have known for 30 years that cooling the brain will help animals and humans survive brain surgery and other trauma. But researchers have been unable to test this on severely injured accident victims because it is considered "experimental treatment," and federal law requires the victim or victim's family to consent to experimental treatments (and for darn good reason, considering the brutal things that have been done to victimize uneducated patients in years past). Obviously an accident victim on the highway with minutes to live cannot give informed consent to treatment. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (at the forefront of this research from its beginning) has plans to move ahead with human trials.

While this is NOT cryonics in any way, it does bring up related points. The most obvious is that "death" is not like turning out a light switch. Death is a process that can be interrupted and reversed in many cases, providing we have enough knowledge and resources. Deep cooling trauma patients should delay damage until the patient can reach the hospital, just like cryonic preservation can delay more extreme levels of damage until the patient reaches a hospital in the future.
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Re: Deep-chilling Trauma Patients

Post by TDK » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:09 pm

If that kind of procedure starts to become common practice,
it will certainly benefit the acceptance of Alcor's procedures
by the medical community. It would be very simple at that point
to tell the hospital that you want to extend the cooling process.
Essentially saying you want Alcor to keep you chilled indefinitely,
until medical science can fix what was ailing you. I think once
it becomes more common, it will also help more doctors to
accept the procedures, and maybe even getting more of
them to sign up as Alcor members themselves. Honestly,
the more people sign up, the more it starts become
acceptable to everyone else...

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