Notify primary care physician, health care agencies and medical equipment suppliers. The hospital staff is required to notify your loved one’s primary care physician of his or her death.
Under some specific circumstances, deaths that occur in the hospital are reported to the medical examiner. Following review of the circumstances, the medical examiner may require an autopsy to determine a scientifically unbiased and logical cause and
manner of death, which can be critical in civil or criminal court cases. In natural deaths, this information may help surviving family members protect their own health.