The Care Act law (Chapter 332 of the Acts of 2016), effective November 8, 2017, allows patients over the age of 18, who have been admitted as an inpatient at an acute care hospital, the opportunity to designate a caregiver and give permission for the hospital to provide medical information to that caregiver.
If you know you're being admitted to the hospital, taking some time to plan and prepare can make your stay more comfortable and less stressful. The following checklist can help you decide what you need to bring with you and ensure you haven't left anything out..
The Joint Commission Partnership
The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40 countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and posters, which can be downloaded for free.
The Partnership for Healthcare Excellence
Simple steps to help you prepare for surgery can be found on this easy-to-follow fact sheet.