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  • no.....a hospital is required to contact organ donor services within 1 hour of time of death so that they may, in turn speak with the family about organ/tissue donation but there is no blood test. i suppose it could be requested by family if a type and cross were needed for some reason but i've worked in the er for 8 yrs. and i've never seen it done.
  • Only if it is needed to determine a cause of death because it is not apparent. When someone dies in the hospital, the hospital is usually well aware of the cause of death. For example, if someone came in with a gunshot wound, and does not make it, the hospital can say with relative certainty why the person dies. Also, a hospital will only do blood tests if it expects to find something. When you do a blood test, you do specific tests to find specific things.

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