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Health Tip: Heading Home From the Hospital

Make sure you're prepared

(HealthDay News) -- Going home after a hospital stay can be unnerving. It's a good idea to coordinate as much as possible before your return.

Here are some pointers from the Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton, Calif.:

  • Make sure you have written instructions regarding your discharge and at-home medical routine.
  • Take all prescribed medications at the assigned time.
  • Ensure your home environment is conducive to your recovery.
  • Avoid using steps unless otherwise instructed.
  • If you're staying in bed, choose a bedroom that's close to a bathroom.
  • Keep a phone and phone numbers handy for emergencies and medical questions.
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