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Several articles have suggested that in the event of the death of a loved one at home you should call that persons doctor to declare death. Specifically if that person is expected to die and has a DNR.


I would prefer this to the 911 mass decent on the house. I expect that my mother will die in her sleep. She has said she would prefer to go to the mortuary and, even in death, avoid the local hospital which has a long history of screwups.

This is one advantage of hospice, when an expected death happens at home you call them.
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When my mom passed away, my sister called 911. The dispatcher sent both the ambulance and the police. At a later date, the coroner had called requesting one of my siblings to go down to his office to answer some questions he had on the events leading up to my mom's death.... If mom was still under hospice, we would have called the hospice 24hr hotline number and they will handle it.
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It must be 911.
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If she is not on hospice, you have to call 911. Not the primary physician.
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If the person is on Hospice, you call the Hospice nurse she can declare death. Otherwise, you call 911. A paramedic maybe able to declare death.

I have never heard of the PCP being called. I know of no family doctor, in this day and age, that does it.
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Gremlin Sep 9, 2018
A paramedic can not declare death. If 911 is called they have to preform CPR if the body is warm unless there is a DNR. The body would have to be transported to the hospital to be declared dead by a doctor then stored until the funeral home is contacted for transport.

It’s a ridiculous runaround on an insanely awful day. If the family doctor would be willing to come to the home the body could then go directly to the funeral home.
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