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Leaving the Hospital? Questions to Ask Before You Go

Before heading home after a hospital stay, it’s important to have the information you need to keep getting better. Here are a few sample questions to ask before you leave.

If you’ll be in the hospital for surgery or another reason, print and take this list with you.

❏  How should I care for my wounds or surgical incisions?

❏  What medicines do I need to take at home? Should I still take the medicines, vitamins or supplements I was taking before coming to the hospital?

❏  Are there potential problems I should watch for? If I notice symptoms, what should I do?

❏  What can I do to help myself get better?

❏  Are there activities I should avoid, such as driving or climbing stairs? For how long?

❏  How much help may I need at home? For example, will someone need to stay with me?

❏  If I need home health services, how do I get them?

❏  Do I need any special medical equipment, such as crutches or oxygen? If so, where can I find them?

❏  Do I need physical therapy or other follow-up care? If so, how can I schedule those appointments?

❏  Do I need any follow-up tests — and how do I schedule them?  

❏  When do I see my doctor for a follow-up visit?

❏  When can I go back to work?

Add your own questions or notes:

The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. You should consult your own doctor and/or an appropriate professional to determine what may be right for you. Treatment options mentioned may not be covered by your benefit plan. Check your plan for specific coverage details.

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