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Getting Ready for Discharge From the Hospital (5411)

Getting Ready for Discharge From the Hospital (5411) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Neuro, Rehab


Getting Ready for Discharge
From the Hospital

In the hospital, your health care team
needs to have a plan for your care.
Just as important, you need to have a
plan for going home. You should
start making plans as soon as your
doctor tells you that you are ready for
discharge. You and your family play
a key role in making this plan.

In this handout, you will find things to
think about in advance and a checklist
of things that will need to be done
before your discharge. Please read
through this well. Talk with your
doctors, nurses, and members of your
health care team to be sure you are
ready when the time comes. Let us
know how we can best help you to
have a smooth move back to your

Things to Think About in Advance

ξ Follow up Care: Every patient
is expected to have a primary
care physician to transfer their
care to on discharge. For a
smooth transition to home
patients need to have a provider
in the community that we can
share the hospital findings with.
ξ Medicines:
o Review: Before you leave, a
pharmacist will meet with
you to talk about the
medicines you will take
when you are at home. The
pharmacist will explain any
changes in the medicines
you were taking before you
came to the hospital. The
pharmacist will review the
name, purpose, dose, how to
take your medicine, and any
side effects. You need to
plan ahead and decide where
you would like to get your
new medicines.

o Cost: They will not be
placed on your hospital
bill. If your prescription
drug insurance is accepted at
the University of Wisconsin
Hospital and Clinics
Outpatient Pharmacy, you
can have your prescriptions
filled here. The Outpatient
Pharmacy is on the second

floor, (E5/236) near the
Information Desk. Ask the
unit pharmacist to make a
copy of your prescription
insurance card before
discharge. This will save
you time when you stop to
pick up your medicines.
You can pick up your
medicines as you are leaving
to go home. Keep in mind
that you will need money
to pay any co-payments at
this time. You may also get
your medicines at your local
pharmacy. We will provide
you with the prescriptions
you need.

We will also inform you of any
over-the-counter medicines that
the doctors have prescribed for
you. Most often, your
insurance will not pay for these.
You can get these medicines at
our pharmacy when you get
your others, or at your local

If you are concerned about
paying for your medicines,
please let your nurse or a
member of the case
management team know so
we can help you.

ξ Transportation: When your
health care team first begins to
talk with you about going
home, you will need to start
planning for a ride. Many
people arrange this with their
family members or friends. If
you need help with a ride
home, be sure to let your nurses
know well in advance.

ξ Disposable Medical Supplies:
Your nurse will provide a 3-day
supply of any medical supplies
that you might need when you
return home. Your nurse, case
manager or social worker can
provide information to assist
you to identify a supplier to
contact for getting more
supplies for the future.

These supplies may or may not be
covered depending on your type of

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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Your Going Home Checklist __________________________
Planned discharge date and time

There are many things that need to be done before you can leave the hospital.
These tasks may take up to a few hours. You should start making plans as soon as
your doctor tells you that you are ready for discharge.

To prepare for going home, you need to discuss these items with your health care

_____ Discharge Orders – Your doctor will write your discharge orders.

_____ Primary Care Provider– You must make arrangements to establish care
with a primary care provider prior to discharge from the hospital.

_____ Plan for Discharge – Your nurse and other health care team members will
talk with you about your plan for discharge. This may include your diet,
activity, treatments, need for managing pain and other symptoms, and any
follow-up clinic visits. This may also include the need for home health
nursing, in-home physical therapy, and other services.

_____ Medicines – The unit pharmacist will review your medicines – the name,
purpose, dose, how to take it, and side effects.

_____ Equipment and Disposable Supplies – These may need to be ordered or
brought to you. For instance, you may need dressing supplies, crutches,
walkers, or a wheelchair. If needed, we can bill your insurance for a 3-day
supply of disposable medical supplies. You will need to make
arrangements to order or purchase more disposable medical supplies needed
for the future.

_____ Transportation – You have arranged a ride or have asked for help in
getting a ride home.