While the time of death is usually left up to the person, VADs generally take place in the morning. In attendance at the VAD will be the Pegasos doctor, Ruedi and an assistant. Family, friends and pets are always welcome.
Oral or Intravenous Drug Administration
In Switzerland, there is nothing that mandates the way in which the Nembutal must be taken. The two main options are as a drink or intravenously. Pegasos has a strong preference for intravenous administration. To Exit, this has always appeared as a bit of an irony since the organisation prides itself on being the most de- medicalised of all of the four organisations. Yet Pegasos uses the most medically-intrusive method of administration? That said, intravenous administration provides for a reliable, fast, gentle death, normally within a few minutes.
Those who drink the Nembutal (like at Dignitas) are provided with anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) medication first.
What to expect at the VAD
At Pegasos, the VAD takes place on a bed made up with disposable sheets in the ‘cocoon room’. There is also a lounge, soft lighting and a music amplifier (that can link to Spotify). The lead-up to all deaths is recorded. The filming is shut-off once the person has turned the small wheel on the drip line so the actual death is never filmed.
What is filmed is proof that the person did the action that caused their death themselves (ie. it was the person who opened the cannula and allowed the Nembutal/ saline solution to flow into their veins).