Pre­cau­tions be­fore death

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Al­cor warns prospec­tive pa­tients that suc­cess de­pends on get­ting ac­cess to their body as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter they die. Any­one with a ter­mi­nal con­di­tion is asked to move to a hospice near Al­cor’s head­quar­ters, where medics and tech­ni­cians can wait close by, of­ten at the bed­side.

There is al­ways the risk of ac­ci­dent or sud­den ill­ness killing peo­ple be­fore they can get to Phoenix, so all mem­bers must wear bracelets telling doc­tors how to pre­serve their bod­ies if they die sud­denly.

Ide­ally, how­ever, as soon as a doc­tor con­firms death, an Al­cor team hooks the pa­tient up to ma­chines that drain out blood, re­place it with pro­tec­tive chem­i­cals and cool it down. If just the head is be­ing pre­served, sur­geons make in­ci­sions into the up­per spine to get ac­cess to the carotid and ver­te­bral ar­ter­ies, and

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