Be Prepared: Before You Enter the Hospital

Saturday, June 1, 2013 7:00 | Filled in Books, Personal Responsibility

If you are scheduled to go into the hospital in the near future, I recommend that you read this brochure before you go: Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital. Learn to care for yourself after returning home from the hospital and reduce the risk that you’ll need to be re-hospitalized.

This well designed patient education piece is available as a pdf that permits filling in the blanks using your own computer. You can list what medicines to take, the dosage, and when to take them; your doctor’s name and contact information; and your follow-up appointments. There is also space for entering the questions you think of while you wait for your next appointment. Alternatively, you can order a printed brochure by mail. All in all, far more useful and simply written than the boring, jargon heavy discharge brochure I was given after my last hospitalization.

This piece was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Download the brochure here: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/goinghomeguide.htm

 

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