There are millions of hospital stays in the U.S. each year.  It’s not easy to leave the comfort of home to have a medical procedure and stay in the hospital.  But there are some tips you can follow to prepare should you need to be hospitalized.  Here are 5 things to know:

  •  Bring in a list of the medications you're taking
  •  Ask Questions
  •  Keep a notebook handy with questions
  • Make sure staff re-confirm your identifying information repeatedly
  •  Make sure everyone washes hands

Check out our video on 5 Things You Need to Know When You're Hospitalized

Additional information on getting ready for surgery courtesy of Lourdes Health System.