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What to Bring to the Hospital

No special preparations are needed for preadmission testing, but please bring the following:  

  1. Current insurance card and information and any co-pay that may be required
  2. Physician orders, surgical consent form, medical history and physical form and/or testing results, such as EKG, clearance or lab results
  3. A list of your allergies, and/or current medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs
  4. A copy of your Advance Directive/Living Will

Know the name of the procedure/surgery for which you are scheduled and have a basic understanding of the procedure and an explanation of any risks involved. Also know your medical history. 

  • List of medications you are currently taking, including name, dosage, and times of day you are taking them
  • List of allergies
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Robe and non-skid slippers or your favorite walking shoes
  • Loose-fitting pants or shorts
  • Walker or crutches if you are having orthopedic surgery
  • Telephone number of a contact person
  • Books, magazines, crossword puzzles, tapes, hobby items to occupy your time for brief periods
  • CPAP mask if you have sleep apnea

What Not to Bring for Your Hospital Stay 

  • Electrical appliances such as hair dryers or razors
  • Valuables, including credit cards, significant amounts of money, or jewelry
  • Babies or small children should not be brought to the hospital
  • Medications from home

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