October 28, 2005, Newsletter Issue #4: Save With Speedy Recoveries

Tip of the Week

Next time you go to the hospital for a medical procedure, plan on actively participating in your discharge and follow-up instructions. Doctors know that patients who ask questions and assert themselves during the discharge process overall have more successful discoveries.

Find out from your doctor or nurse how long your recovery is expected to take, how long before you can get back to your everyday activities and if there are any special instructions for them.

Find out if there are any symptoms you should be looking out for, and what you should do if you get them.

If you`re prescribed a new medicine to help your recovery, get written directions for taking them. Find out if there is any food or drink that could interact with your medicine, and if there will be side effects.

There`s a lot to find out from your doctor at the discharge, so it`s helpful to have a family member come with you and help you ask questions. It`s important to get all your questions answered before you leave the hospital so when you get home you are prepared for a successful recovery.

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