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.