bagIf you are planning to be admitted to the hospital after surgery, the checklist below will help prepare for your stay:

  1. Documents and paperwork.  Make sure to bring you list of medications, identification, and power of attorney papers.
  1. A small amount of money can be a good idea.  Given frequent time outside of your hospital room, large amounts of money and valuables should be left at home.
  1. Clothing. You may want to bring comfortable pajamas or lounging clothes, if you’ll be able to wear your own clothing. Bring a supply of loose-fitting underwear and comfortable socks.  Gowns will be provided in the hospital but are not always conformable.  Slippers or loose shoes can also be nice.
  1. Eyeglasses, if you require them.
  1. Writing paper and pen, for making notes or recording questions you want to ask your doctor.
  1. Cellphone or a prepaid phone card for calls from your room telephone.  Long distance calls are general not possible from your room.
  1. Toiletries. You can bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, a comb or hair brush, and other toiletries from home.  Do not bring perfumes or highly scented products.
  1. Entertainment. Bring books or magazines to help pass the time.  Portable DVD, kindle, or iPad can also provide entertainment.
  1. Photos or small personal items. Many people enjoy having a couple of small framed photos or mementos from home to personalize their hospital space.
  1. Pillow/cushion.  It is always nice to have something that reminds you of home.  Generally, the bed sheets and pillows are not high quality so a little comfort from home is good.
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