A hospital discharge is a process where you no longer need to receive inpatient care and can go home to continue care.

Before your discharge, it is important to make a list of all your possible questions. Take note of your care team's reply and ensure all question asked is adequately answered.

To make your discharge process successful, your healthcare members will provide you with all the information you need in the course of your being discharge.

  • Your medical condition at the time of discharge.
  • What kinds of follow-up care you will need, such as physical therapy.
  • What medications do you need to take, including why, when, and how to take them, and what possible side effects to watch for.
  • What medical equipment you will need, and how to get it.
  • Phone numbers to call if you have a question or problem.

Ensure your discharge process includes all of the above, if it does not, make sure to ask. Get all your questions answered.

Once you have been discharged, carefully follow all the instructions from you healthcare provider.

Keep all of your follow-up appointments. When you go for an appointment, be ready to tell your healthcare provider how you have been feeling. Ask questions about any part of your recovery or care.