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
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.
Things your medical team will discuss with you include:
- 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
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.