Being admitted to a hospital can be overwhelming. Your primary goal after hospital admission should be a smooth recovery, which is why being proactive about planning for your discharge is critical.
If you wait until the last minute to prepare for discharge, you’re already too late. Nobody can plan for an emergency, but you can plan for elective procedures like joint surgery.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself when developing your discharge plans:
- Why was I admitted to the hospital?
- How can I avoid readmission?
- Do I need any services after my discharge? Have they been arranged?
- Do I have all the contact information I need for these services?
- Which Provider(s) should I visit after my discharge? What should I do if they cannot see me promptly?
- What medications should I be taking? Do I need to keep taking my old ones?
- Am I aware of the treatments I received and what care I will be needing after discharge?
This isn’t an exclusive list of questions, but it is a good starting point for your discharge planning.
After admission, it’s important that you maintain any scheduled appointments, fill your prescriptions and take any medications as prescribed. Upon discharge, you should also keep track of the equipment and services you receive as well as instructions for what to do in case of emergency.
Remember: Schedule your follow-up visit with your doctor as soon as possible; it’s recommended you see him or her within 30 days of your discharge.
Have more questions, or need assistance? Contact AvMed Nurse On Call at 1-888-866-5432 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or call AvMed’s Member Engagement Center at the number listed on your AvMed Member ID card.
EMBRACE | June 2018