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Human UPS

Life support device. Much like a UPS for a computer but implanted inside of a human.
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Whenever someone dies suddenly or unexpectedly as a result of heart failure it leaves the problems and burdens associated with it.

The human UPS is a device implanted in the human body that provides a reserve supply of oxygenated blood to the brain, heart, liver and lungs. In the event of a fatal heart attack or other major organ failure, the device kicks in giving the victim time to write out his last will or to say his last goodbyes to his family. This device could very well buy the victim time to get live saving medical treatment. If the victim's health has deteriorated to the point where he cannot be succesfully treated then at least he has enough time to get his final affairs in order.

Usually when someone dies from health related issues, its the result of heart and lung malfunctions. The human UPS will prolong the time of death giving the victim time to either recover his health or to wrap up any final issues.

Jscotty, Nov 19 2005

Human FedEx http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/
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       That'd be quite a device.
bristolz, Nov 20 2005

       John Varley has preheated this idea, at least as regards oxygen supply. I think I'd rather expire as expected than tote this device around given our current technology. Maybe if nano grows to match the expectations it could get interesting.
normzone, Nov 20 2005

       Just freeze my brain and resuscitate me when they can grow new bodies.
DrCurry, Nov 20 2005

       What would you say or do that you couldn't simply do beforehand, instead of setting up this contraption?
jutta, Nov 20 2005

       I think Darth Cheney is on path to get this by 2007, if not already fully installed while during his time in his bunker.   

       [jutta] get yourself to the hospital.   

       I see this has some merit, but only if you can be healed, and not put indefinately on life-support.
sophocles, Nov 22 2005

       Kind of like, instead of just carrying a defribulator, pack some extra weight and carry some blood, a pump, and have IV's already in your veins, ready to start pushing.   

       Then again, if the heart fails, how are you going to push the blood through their system? The heart valve would be closed, blocking the flow from circulating....
sophocles, Nov 23 2005

       Couldn't you just replace said organs with similar devices that WON'T naturally fail? If, for some reason, the devices do fail (you bought them all from IKEA for $150 and a free breakfast), an extra-large UPS device calibrated specifically for the devices could give the almost-deceased a week or two to do what they need to do before death or the damaged devices geting fixed. Not bad for $950,000 of technology (on average from a good specialist).
Shadow Phoenix, Aug 31 2007

       A good specialist would have spent a cool mil.
Giblet, Sep 03 2007


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