Vashi said it's important for patients to know they might be more vulnerable in the period after they have been discharged from the hospital.
If you have been in the hospital, she said, make sure you understand your discharge instructions, such as what medicines you should take and when, and what is normal as incision sites heal. She said to try to address all of your concerns before you leave the hospital, but to find out whom you should call if you have any concerns after you're home.
Learn what you need to know when you leave the hospital from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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