Leaving the Hospital?

Your Next Steps

Before leaving the hospital, your nurse will prepare discharge instructions explaining the steps you need to take when you get home.

This will include a list of all the medications you have been prescribed. They will also include instructions about your follow-up care and any scheduled doctor appointments with your primary care physician (PCP) or specialists. They may tell you about changes needed in your daily activities, like following a low-salt diet.

Be sure you understand all discharge instructions. Ask questions if you are not sure what they mean.

Make all doctor appointments as soon as you get home. Following up with your doctors within a week of leaving the hospital can reduce your chances of being readmitted to the hospital.

Stay connected to care. You and your doctor will work together to decide what types of services will be most helpful.