Packing for the Hospital
What should you pack? While we ask that you leave valuable items at home, you may want to bring some personal items. Please note, however, storage space is limited so only bring items you really need and limit your bag to the size of carry-on luggage.
Items we suggest include your cell phone, hand sanitizer, eye glasses, hearing aids, lip balm and paper and pen. The writing supplies will be useful for jotting down questions as they come to you; you can refer to your notes when you are too tired, groggy or overwhelmed to remember what you wanted to ask.
We recommend you pack the following:
__ Footwear with closed-in heels and nonslip soles
__ Grooming items such as deodorant and shampoo
__ Personal items such as eyewear, cell phone and hearing aids (don’t forget the batteries!)
__ Crutches if you already have them; label any assistive devices you bring with you
__ Underwear, socks and a loose set of clothes to wear home
We will provide hospital gowns and nonslip socks, but if you bring your own sleepwear make sure it is loose-fitting, easy to put on and that you can’t trip on it.
Bring the following paperwork:
__ A copy of your advance directive or healthcare proxy
__ A list of medications you are currently taking at home, including the name, dosage, how often you take each medication, and the date and time of the last dosage
__ A list of allergies and how you react to each one
__ A copy of your insurance card and photo identification
__ A signed copy of the permission for surgery, if your doctor provided one
Also be sure you have your instructions about when to stop taking certain vitamins and medication. If you are not sure if a vitamin, supplement or other over-the-counter medication is OK to take in the week before your surgery, please contact your surgeon.
Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always personally seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you have related to your health or medical condition. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read in our emails, web pages or other electronic communications.