Planning for a Hospital Visit

Helpful Hints for a Productive & Healing Hospital Visit

Medical Author: Maureen Welker, MSN, NPc, CCRN
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Here are a few suggestions to help you create a hospital visit that is productive, pleasant, and healing.

There are several topics that will be addressed, beginning with issues to consider before you are admitted to the hospital and concluding with tips during hospitalization.

Pre-hospitalization

Determine which hospital is covered by your medical insurance company. If this is a planned visit, you will be directed to the hospital your medical insurance company is contracted with.

If you know ahead of time that you will be in the hospital, arrange for a hospital tour or request information from the hospital regarding the hospital and the services they provide.

Please note, if you are in distress and in need of immediate medical help, call 911 immediately. Most medical-insurance companies will pay for emergency care at any facility. Do not delay your emergency medical needs based on a particular hospital designated by your medical-insurance company. The paramedics will initiate immediate medical lifesaving treatment and transport you safely to the nearest emergency department for further treatment. After you are medically stable, you may be transferred to another hospital. Emergency departments have reported tragedies of people who drove to the hospital designated by their medical insurance for fear the insurance would not pay. If they were taken to the nearest hospital by the paramedics, risk of life-threatening illness due to the delay in emergence health care would be minimized.