One-fifth of Medicare patients discharged from a hospital develop an acute medical problem within 30 days of leaving the facility. When it comes to leaving the hospital it’s important to ask several questions to ensure you’re not going to fall victim to rehospitalization.
Here are some must-ask questions for a successful discharge.
Has My Diagnosis Changed?
Because you’ve received treatments and procedures during your hospital stay, it’s fair to ask about your condition. Before you are discharged, you must stay on top of your medical ailment.
What Should I Expect During My Recovery?
To avoid potential rehospitalization after you’re discharged, you need to navigate how the road to recovery looks. Ask your doctor what you need to watch out for, such as possible symptoms, pain, or other ailments.
What Equipment Will I Need?
Sometimes your road to recovery calls for specialized medical equipment. When you are discharged, you’ll need to figure out how to use the equipment and how it will benefit your recovery.
Are There Any Activities I Should Avoid?
It’s common for discharged patients to avoid strenuous activities, especially after major surgeries and injuries. Your doctor will advise you on proper post-hospital activities that you should avoid in your recovery.
Are There Any Dietary Restrictions I Need to Follow?
After you’ve been discharged from the hospital, you may need to avoid certain foods. Ask your doctor about any dietary restrictions and how certain foods may affect your condition.
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