Tennessee Code > Title 68 > Health > Chapter 4 > § 68-4-101. Notice of death occurring while receiving medical attention or in institution — Action taken upon expiration of eight hours — Penalty
Current as of: 2010
(a) When any person dies in a doctor's office, or any clinic, hospital or state, county or city institution, it is unlawful for any doctor, nurse, attendant, orderly, janitor or bookkeeper, or anyone, to call an undertaker without first making an effort to contact a relative of the person, if the person has any known kin in the county where the person died, so as to give the kin or relative the right to call an undertaker or crematory of the next of kin's or relative's choice.
(b) In the event kin or relatives are not available or are not known, or should the next of kin fail or refuse to summon an undertaker or crematory or to dispose of the body in some manner within eight (8) hours after the death of the person, then the doctor, hospital, clinic or other institution may summon an undertaker to take over the body.
(c) In the event the next of kin refuses to summon an undertaker or crematory or dispose of the body in some manner immediately, then the doctor, hospital, clinic or institution may summon some undertaker to take over the body.
(d) Any doctor, nurse, attendant, orderly, janitor or bookkeeper or anyone connected with the office, hospital, clinic or institution violating subsection (a) commits a Class C misdemeanor.
[Acts 1953, ch. 152, §§ 1-3 (Williams, § 5717.39); T.C.A. (orig. ed.), §§ 53-501 â€” 53-503; Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 113.]
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