What are the very first things to do when a death occurs?

If Hospice Is Involved:

Call the hospice nurse to inform her of the death. The nurse and the hospice agency will then legally pronounce the death, handle any necessary calls, and help with arrangements to have the body transferred to the chosen funeral home.

If Hospice Is Not Involved:

1. Call 911
2. Unlock the door
3. If the patient had any out-of-hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) document, have it ready to hand to the paramedics immediately when they arrive
4. Provide CPR if this is appropriate and there is no DNR document
5. Wait for further instructions from the emergency, medical, and law enforcement personnel.