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Preparing for Hospital Admissions

Hospital stays can occur for a number of reasons including sickness, tests, surgery, and a variety of other health needs. Being prepared for the environment can help make the stay more comfortable and effective for patients and healthcare providers. The following information should help create a better experience.


Try to bring as little as possible to the hospital including basic clothing, personal use, and hygiene items, books or magazines, and any medical information including insurance cards, medical history, medications, and relevant documents.


Items to leave at home include excessive cash, jewelry, credit cards, shavers, hair dryers, and similar luxury items. If you choose to bring electronics such as phones, tablets, laptops, or music players, remember that the hospital is not responsible for these items.


At admission, some basic information, testing, and paperwork will be required. Ensure that all information is provided to the best of your abilities and that all paperwork is completed as requested. Once provided with an identification bracelet, review the information to ensure it is correct.


During a hospital stay, healthcare providers will likely include doctors, nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, dieticians, technicians, pharmacists, and social workers. Each healthcare worker is responsible for an aspect of care that is necessary for overall effective treatment.


While in the hospital, it is recommended to follow any provided safety guidelines. Remain in bed if this is indicated for care, and use a nurse call bell for assistance. If exiting the bed is necessary, utilize the controls for positioning, firmly grasp bed rails, and sit on the edge of the bed before standing. Keep all personal items within reach for easier access, and be mindful of any wires or tubes within reach.


Additionally, make sure to ask questions during and at the conclusion of any hospital stay regarding any treatments, medications, concerns, and care planning. Ask the doctor or hospital for contact information in case of any complications or questions that may arise after discharge.

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