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A safe hospital stay takes planning

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May 28th, 2014
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Planning for a hospital stay involves more than packing an overnight bag. There are many ways you can help yourself have a safe and uneventful time during your stay.

Get your paperwork in order

A few weeks before your admission date, hospitals typically mail you a packet, which contains a number of forms such as a health history, medication list, and, in some instances, if you are having a procedure or surgery, a consent form. “Read everything thoroughly,” says Cheryl Ziemba, M.D., medical director at and