Understanding Your Hospital Discharge Plan
When it's time to leave the hospital, the last thing most patients want is to find themselves returning for the same condition that landed them in there in the first place. One good way to avoid a trip back to the hospital is to pay close attention to your discharge instructions: guidelines for your medicines and follow-up care that will help you recover safely.
When it's time for you to leave the hospital, you will get a discharge plan. It lists important topics to discuss with your healthcare team. The discharge plan simplifies your exit with tips and instructions for continuing your care at home. If a family member or friend will be helping you with your care once you get home, try to have them with you when you receive your discharge plan.