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"Get your medication information in writing. Get a discharge summary that describes your condition when you're leaving the hospital, and get a copy for your doctor," Krumholz advised.

In the immediate days after you go home, he added, "know what you should be looking out for if things aren't going well. You should be told what to look out for, and who to call."

More information

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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