18 Apr 2014 01:44:57 MDT Written by: Administration

Tips for Surgical Patients: 7 things you should bring with you when you come to the hospital

When you come to the hospital, you'll go to the admissions or registration area. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), you should consider bringing:

  1. social security card
  2. insurance information
  3. identification
  4. list of medicines you are taking and any allergies 
  5. any papers given you by your doctor
  6. a list of names and numbers to contact in case of emergency; be sure to include both home and work numbers
  7. any advance directives you have such as medical proxies

For your stay at the hospital, you want to travel as light as you can. Some of the things to consider bringing include:

  • nightclothes, bathrobe and slippers (make sure personal items are labeled)
  • comfortable clothes to wear home
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb and brush and other personal hygiene materials. Sometimes electrical appliances are prohibited; be sure to check in advance.
  • a small amount of cash to buy newspapers and other reading material

There are things you shouldn't bring as well. Valuables including jewelry, wedding rings and watches are best left at home; in fact, for many surgical procedures, no jewelry is allowed so make sure you ask your doctor about this. You'll have no need for checkbooks, credit cards and large amounts of cash, leave them at home as well. Also, do not bring food to keep in your room. Depending on the procedure you are undergoing, your intake will need to be carefully monitored.

Find more tips for your stay in our Health Library

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