Stabilization and Transport

Procedures for the Preparation and Transportation
of Cryonic Suspension Patients

Copyright © 1997 by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
All rights reserved. Sixth Edition.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Transport Overview
Chapter 3: Administrative Requirements
Chapter 4: Team Coordination
Chapter 5: Surface Cooling
Chapter 6: Cardiopulmonary Support and Respiration
Chapter 7: Cardiopulmonary Support and Circulation
Chapter 8: Medication Administration
Chapter 9: Blood Substitution
Chapter 10: Shipping Requirements
Chapter 11: Special Case – Autopsy

See also the article Elements of a Transport, which was used as an Appendix to this manual.

[Webmaster’s note: Most of the illustrations are not included because the original printed manual used coarse half-tones that scanned very poorly. Most of these are anatomical sketches and the like that are useful for training but are readily available elsewhere and not unique to Alcor’s procedures.]

Documentation for instructing CryoTransport Team Members began with a manual written by Fred and Linda Chamberlain and published by Manrise Corporation in 1971. Mike Darwin and Jerry Leaf made extensive revisions and additions for use by Alcor personnel. This 1997 Alcor Training Manual, which reflects simplification and elimination of technical details, along with the addition of some techniques requiring special medical skills and advanced training was written, edited, and illustrated by Tanya L. Jones, Alcor Suspension Services Manager from 1992-1996.


This training material is to be used only by Alcor CryoTransport Technicians for instruction and review purposes. Alcor accepts no responsibility for unauthorized use. Alcor’s certification of CryoTransport Technicians (ACTs) is solely to qualify them for participation in operations supervised Alcor personnel where Alcor Members are receiving standby, transport or suspension. Alcor ACT’s are not authorized to represent to any other individual or organization that they possess any special knowledge, skill or capabilities which may be relied upon, by reason of Alcor’s certification of them. Additionally, certified ACTs have signed non-disclosure statements prohibiting them from disclosing any information about Alcor procedures or equipment to non-team members without the prior written consent of Alcor. If such information were relied upon by others, in operations not supervised by Alcor, the result could be damage and liability both to Alcor and to the CryoTransport Technician concerned.

This notice is intended to preclude any claims against Alcor for participation by Alcor CryoTransport Technicians in standby transport or suspensions not conducted and supervised by Alcor personnel.


Many people assisted with the development of this text. Each of them deserves recognition for their efforts. I’d like to thank Ralph Whelan for his support, encouragement, and assistance; Stephen Bridge, Dr. Michael Perry, Hugh Hixon, Stephen Van Sickle, and Derek Ryan for their endless hours of editing; David Pizer and Stephen Bridge for their patience; Hugh Hixon for his ability to present complex concepts in relatively accessible ways and to maintain his calm when asked the same questions over and over again; and Rhonda Iacuzzo for her discussions of how real medicine is done.