Hospital Stays: What You Need to Know
Planning for a stay in the hospital is not always an easy thing. What should you bring? What shouldn't you bring? It's hard to know how to prepare. Listed below are some things that will help make your hospital stay a bit more comfortable.
Things to Bring
To make you feel more comfortable while in the hospital, bring the following items:
Things to Leave at Home
There are things you don't need in the hospital, and bringing them may cause you to worry about their safety. These include:
When you arrive at the hospital, your first stop is admissions. Here, you or a family member will need to complete forms allowing the hospital to provide treatment, and release medical information to your insurance company. The admissions staff will tell you where to go next.
Once you are in the hospital room, you will need to exercise more caution when moving around. Here are some tips to help you prevent accidents:
If you have any questions about your care, don't hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse. You may want to have a notepad by your bed so that you can write down questions as you think of them. Write down any discharge instructions from the doctor.
Make arrangements in advance for a ride to take you home once you are released from the hospital. It's best to have someone drive you home after a hospital stay because of surgical and medication effects.
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American Hospital Association
BC Surgical Society
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Last reviewed July 2012 by Brian Randall, MD