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:
Nightclothes, including slippers and a loose-fitting robe
Comfortable clothes to wear home when you are released
Toiletries (such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, comb, deodorant, and razor)
A list of all the medicines you take, including dosages and frequency. If you are taking a very specific or uncommon medicine, it may be good to bring the medicine with you. You should show it to your nurse. Do not take it though unless specifically given to you by your nurse.
Details of past illnesses, surgeries, and any allergies
Health insurance card and identification card
Address book and list of names and phone numbers of people to reach in case of an emergency
A small amount of cash for newspapers, magazines, or gift shop items
Reading glasses, books, magazines
MP3 player to listen to music or audio books (just be careful that this isn't stolen)
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:
Cash, credit cards, and checkbook
Electric razors, hair dryers, and curling irons
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:
Use the call bell when you need help.
Use the controls to lower the bed before getting in or out. Always move slowly.
Be careful not to trip over the wires and tubes that may be near your bed.
Try to keep things within easy reach.
Take only prescribed medicines; discuss any medicines you brought with your doctor and nurse.
Be careful getting in and out of the bath or shower. Use the grab bar for support.
Use handrails in hallways and stairways.
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.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a