If the death was expected, call the doctor, although you need not do this immediately, particularly if it occurs in the middle of the night. If you call 911, inform the operator that the death was expected; despite clear signs that death has already occurred, emergency medical personnel will most likely attempt resuscitation. If hospice
is involved, notify the on-call nurse.
If the death was unexpected, call 911. The police and emergency medical personnel will determine the next appropriate steps. Under certain circumstances, they may be required to contact the local coroner.