SUSPENDED ANIMATION — EMERGENCY RESCUE THROUGH HUMAN HIBERNATION
It seems paradox in a world full of biomedical achievements that still 90 percent of severely wounded people bleeding to death on the way to hospital.
Pondering that this mainly happens lack of time rather lack of skills I came across "Suspended Animation" — a cutting edge science researching human hibernation, that is often being considered in science fiction novels and films.
It is evident that a patient can be securely reanimated within five minutes after
the heart stopped beating. What if the five minutes could be stretched up to three hours?
What sounds rather fantastic could be feasible within our live times, as this research currently progresses from successful animal testing to human trials. [See Mark Roth talking at TED]. With "Suspended Animation" I developed a potential realistic future scenario and pilot product application for human biostasis.
Starting literally from scratch together with scientists from MIT General Hospital in Boston and the AKH in Vienna I developed a potential functional product concept, regarding meticulously all human physical and ergonomic restrictions.
"Suspended Animation" is developed to rescue people in emergencies — both, cardiac sudden death and bleeding to death. The device cools down the body core temperature to 46,4°F/ 8°C through flushing cool NaCl- solution into the body while at the same time cooling the body outer surface. This suspends the self- destructing process the cells would start after cardiac arrest. As the body would normally refuse to be cooled down to this temperature, this can be only done within the five minutes transition to death after the heart stopped beating. The treatment prolongs the five minutes of safe rescue up to three hours. With this extra time the necessary transport to a hospital and medical aid can be performed.
Concerning the ethics I raised multiple questions of technological immortality and challenges our current definition of life and death:
Would we accidentally degrade the perception of our selves?
Can this be classified as a logical step of technological progress or is this going too far?
Where do you draw the line of life?
Would this technological advance be convincing enough to make you re-consider your ethics?
Dr. Martin Kari, Head of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at Pforzheim Clinical Centre;
Prof. Dr. Hasam B. Alam, MD. Director of Research, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston;
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Behringer, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Vienna General Hospital, Medical University of Vienna. Currently Head of Emergency Medicine at Al Ain Hospital, Al Ain City, United Arab Emirates;
German Red Cross, Section Pforzheim-Enzkreis;
Please feel free to contact me directly for more detail about this project!