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    Navigating Your Hospital Stay

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    Topic Overview

    Hospitals can be big, confusing places, especially if you've never been a patient in one before.

    But by taking the time to learn about how hospitals work and what you can expect, you may be able to lower your stress and concentrate on what's important: feeling better.

    When-and After-You Leave

    As a smart patient, you want to find out exactly what you need to do after you leave the hospital to stay as healthy as possible.

    Taking charge of your health after you're home is one of the best ways to prevent a return trip to the hospital.

    Other Places To Get Help


    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Consumers & Patients (U.S.)
    National Institute on Aging: Hospital Hints (U.S.)


    Other Works Consulted

    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2011). 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors. Patient Fact Sheet (AHRQ Publication No. 11-0089). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Also available online: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/20tips.pdf.
    • HealthGrades (2012). The Ninth Annual HealthGrades Patient Safety and Satisfaction Report. Denver: HealthGrades. Available online: https://www.cpmhealthgrades.com/index.cfm/portfolio/research-studies.
    • Sanders J (2011). Family-centered care of the child during illness and hospitalization. In MJ Hockenberry, D Wilson, eds., Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 9th ed., pp. 964-997. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
    • Wachter RM (2012). Quality of care and patient safety. In L Goldman, A Shafer, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th ed., pp. 41-44. Philadelphia: Saunders.


    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

    Current as ofApril 10, 2015

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