Notification

Supporting the Patient’s Family as Death Approaches

Notification

Death Notification Instructions Ask the patient’s family about the following in event of death:

  • Who should be contacted and at what number?
  • When should this person be contacted?
  • Would they want to come in to the hospital to see the body?
  • What are their plans regarding the next steps?
  • Do they have any special preferences and rituals about near death and after death care?
Source: VJ Periyakoil, MD and Betty Wexler, RN, CNS
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