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Preparing for a Medical Admission

At Home

The evening before your admission

There are a few things you need to do the evening before your admission to the hospital. Don't put this off until the morning of your admission. Just take some relaxed quiet time the evening before admission to get your belongings together at a leisurely, comfortable pace. 

What to bring with you to the hospital:

  • Robe, slippers and personal toiletries such as toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, hand lotion, etc., if you will be staying overnight with us.
  • Loose, comfortable clothing for the day of your discharge.  Clothing that will fit over a cast or splint (if needed) is a good idea.
  • Insurance cards
  • A copy of your Advance Directives. These may be written healthcare instructions, a Living Will, or Durable Power of Attorney. Learn more about these documents

It is important to bring your insurance cards with you.

If you do not have insurance, an FMH Financial Counselor is here to help. They will contact you prior to your surgical procedure.


What you should leave at home:

Money and Valuables

We strongly recommend that you bring only a minimum amount of cash with you to the hospital, and that you leave all other valuable items at home. If it is necessary to bring valuables with you, the Cashier's Office can store smaller items in the hospital safe. When you arrive for admission, notify your admissions nurse and arrangements will be made to place your items in the safe.

FMH is not responsible for money or valuables kept in your room.

Please do not bring any of the following with you to the hospital

  • Rings
  • Watches
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Keepsakes

The morning of your admission to the hospital . . .

We recommend that you shower or bathe with an antibacterial soap the morning of your admission, since you may not be able to bathe in your customary fashion for several days. While all rooms have a large shower stall, it can be challenging to shower if you anticipate having any bandaging or an IV as part of your treatment.



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