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P1052 ABC Transitions in Care

Be sure to ask your doctor the following questions: • What medicines will I take and for how long? • How do they differ from what I was taking before? • Who do I call if I experience issues before I see my doctor? • In what instances should I contact a doctor or nurse, or seek immediate Questions to Ask Your Doctor medical attention? • When and under what circumstances am I expected to return to the hospital? • Will my doctor receive information on the hospitalization? • What are special instructions regarding care of incisions? • How long should I expect pain? • Are there things I should do every day, such as weigh myself? • Do I have any special dietary restrictions? • Is there a special clinic (heart failure, diabetes, cardiac rehab) or new medical provider I will be following up with? • When should I follow up with you or another new medical provider for this condition? • Is there any kind of follow-up therapy? • Should someone help me once I get home, until I can resume normal activities? • How soon before I can resume routine activities (driving, housework, lawn care, or bathing, for example)? • When can I resume exercise and other more vigorous activities? • How long before I can resume sexual activity? • How soon before I can return to work? It’s a good idea to have a friend or family member with you to help you remember important information and to ask any questions you may not think of. Be sure to ask your doctor who you should call if you have questions once you’re home, and write down the phone number. Understanding Your Medications Your doctor or nurse will review your medications with you before you leave the hospital. You may have new medicines to take, and the dosages of those you took before may have changed. Depending on your medical condition, you may need to take a blood-thinning medication. Your doctor will explain what it does and its side effects, and do routine tests at your follow-up appointments to make sure your dosage is correct. 4 ♥ When you’re ready to go home from the hospital, your doctor will go over some instructions for you to follow once you’re home. Ask your doctor the following questions. You may want to have a friend or family member write down the answers. • What medicines will I take and for how long? • How do they differ from what I was taking before? • Who do I call if I experience issues before I see my doctor? • In what instances should I contact a doctor or nurse, or seek immediate medical attention? • When and under what circumstances am I expected to return to the hospital? • Will my doctor receive information on the hospitalization? • What are special instructions regarding care of incisions? • How long should I expect pain? • Are there things I should do every day, such as weigh myself? • Do I have any special dietary restrictions? • Is there a special clinic (heart failure, diabetes, cardiac rehab) or new medical provider I will be following up with? • When should I follow up with you or another new medical provider for this condition? • Is there any kind of follow-up therapy? • Should someone help me once I get home, until I can resume normal activities? • How soon before I can resume routine activities (driving, housework, lawn care, or bathing, for example)? • When can I resume exercise and other more vigorous activities? • How long before I can resume sexual activity? • How soon before I can return to work? P1052 Questions to Ask Dr.indd 1 7/31/15 12:05 PM Questions to Ask Your Doctor Download/print PDF


P1052 ABC Transitions in Care
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