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Health Tip: Hospital Wisdom

Suggestions to make your stay safe

(HealthDayNews) -- If you have to spend some time in the hospital, the Virginia Department of Health advises you to:

  • Choose a hospital at which many patients have the procedure or surgery you need.
  • Take your medicines and a list of your medications with you.
  • Ask your doctor to tell you the names of each medication he prescribes and the reasons for taking them.
  • Before you take any medicine, make sure it looks like what you usually take. If it doesn't, ask why.
  • Don't let anyone give you medications without checking your ID bracelet each time.
  • Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor to explain your home treatment plan.
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