What to bring to the hospital:
- A list of your medications (names, dosage, and times to be taken).
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb or brush, and toilet articles.
- Dentures, glasses, glass case, hearing aids and batteries, and similar personal items.
- Robe, slippers, and sleepwear.
- Bring your insurance cards if you have not completed the pre-admission process.
- List of allergies.
- Any supplies or (non-electrical) equipment which you presently use for daily health care.
- Some change, for newspapers and other purchases.
If you are coming for orthopedic care-please bring your crutches (if you already have some and will be using them). Also include socks, comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes, and a robe which will stay securely closed (with belt or buttons) while you are using crutches.
If you are having heart surgery-do not have a perm or style before admission as your hair will have to be washed with a special soap the day before surgery.
If you will be on the Rehabilitation or Psychiatric unit-please bring a three-day supply of loose, casual clothing, socks, and comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes, as well as personal support equipment, such as wheelchairs, braces, artificial limbs, walkers, or crutches. Laundry facilities are available on these units.
Please do not bring:
- Valuables, including jewelry, should be left at home or sent home immediately. If this is not possible, such items may be placed in the Hospital vault, at no cost. Patients or families may deposit these items at the Admitting Office, at time of admission. Patients may wish to retain small amounts of money and items such as eyeglasses, dentures, and similar personal items. The Hospital cannot assume responsibility for their loss or damage.
- Electrical equipment, such as hair dryers, shavers, or similar items, also should be left at home. If such equipment is necessary, Hospital personnel should check it before use, in the interest of patient safety. Battery-operated radios, razors, toothbrushes, and similar appliances may be used unless restricted by the physician. Television sets are provided in patient rooms.
What to expect:
- You will read and sign a hospitalization consent form and insurance assignments for the Hospital and Marshfield Clinic or other physician/clinic.
- A blood test, urinalysis, and vital signs (temperature, pulse rate, respiration, and blood pressure) will be taken.
- If you are a surgical patient; depending on your age or surgeon's discretion, you may need a chest x-ray and EKG; a surgeon and an anesthesiologist will visit you; you may be asked to read and sign a surgical consent form; you may be asked to watch preoperative classes on our educational TV channel.
- Nurses will ask questions about your health history.
- You will receive personal hygiene care on a daily basis, with a full bath and linen change every other day.