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§ 90‑603.  Timelynotification of next of kin.

A State or local law enforcement officer shall make a reasonable effortto notify the next of kin of an accident‑trauma victim if the individualis hospitalized or dead. Whenever possible, the notification should bedelivered in person and without delay after ensuring positive identification.If appropriate under the circumstances, the notification may be given bytelephone in accordance with State and local law enforcement departmentalpolicies. In addition to the notification of next of kin made by lawenforcement personnel, other emergency rescue or hospital personnel may contactthe next of kin, or the nearest organ procurement organization, in order toexpedite decision making with regard to potential organ and tissue recovery. (1997‑443, s. 20.12(b).)