I have been out of the Nursing scene for a few years....and would like to know what the RNS exactly do when someone passes away at their facility....from the time of death , to calling the MD, poa, family. and funeral home to what the CNAs do. How and what do you say to the family, besides I am sorry....... What do you document in the medical record . Its been awhile for me and I am somewhat rusty. I am finding this more difficult to do as I get older.
I don't call the coroner or the ME's office for every death. I would call if the death were from a fall in the facility or if the resident died within the first 24 hours after admission--unless they were admitted on CMO or hospice and expected to die. I've never had the ME want to take the case. They usually ask why I think the person died. After I explain that it is outside the scope of practice for RNs in Massachusetts to determine cause of death, the ME says 'Yah..I know, but why do YOU think they died?" It doesn't happen very often.
Last edit by CapeCodMermaid on Apr 13, '14
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also adjust census and notify other departments
ask family what to do with rings, hearing aids, etc.
Last edit by systoly on Apr 13, '14