During Your Stay - Know the Plan

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Why are you in the hospital? You should know why you’re here, and what is going to happen to you. This can include:

  • the benefits and risks of your treatment/surgery
  • any alternative treatment/surgery
  • what will happen if you do not receive this treatment/surgery

Before surgery, you and your surgeon should agree on exactly what will be done. To prevent a “wrong site” surgery, markings are usually made while you are awake to identify the correct area.  For example, left eye or right leg.  This is done before you go into the room where the surgery is done.

Ask about any tests or blood work you have had or were scheduled to have. Don’t assume "no news is good news". 

Before going home, make sure you have a plan of care in place.

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