You have just finished your hospital stay, and where you go next depends on the type of care you need. Once discharged, the goal is to avoid a return trip to the hospital. Wherever your health care journey leads you, always be sure to know the next steps for follow-up care. If you have questions on medications or instructions, speak up!
If you've had surgery, you'll need to take special care of yourself once you leave the hospital and return home. This program provides vital information on incision care, medical follow up, activity restrictions, medication management, and other important post-op topics.
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.