Tips to help avoid a preventable hospital return

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 3:11 am •  Published: February 11, 2013
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—What follow-up appointments will you need and when? Ask if your hospital will make the appointments for you, and send your records.

—Do you have transportation home, to follow-up appointments, and to the drugstore?

—If you have a regular physician, make sure the hospital sends a report of your hospital stay.

—If you are uninsured or will have difficulty affording prescriptions, a hospital discharge planner or social worker may be able to link you to community resources that can help.

—Get a name and number to call if questions about your hospitalization or discharge arise.

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Sources: Dr. Eric Coleman, University of Colorado in Denver; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Journal of the American Medical Association.