How to Stay Safe Upon a New York Hospital Discharge

A hospital discharge is an often eagerly anticipated day for both the patient and his or her family. The signing of the discharge papers signals that the patient is ready to be released from the intense medical care available at the hospital. For many families, it is an important milestone on the road to recovery.

However, as you are packing up belongings and making plans for a homecoming, it is important to pay attention to what is happening during your discharge planning. A mistake in discharge instructions or medication prescriptions, for example, can mean a return trip to the hospital, a serious injury or even death.

How to Prevent Medical Malpractice During a Hospital Discharge

What you do before you leave the hospital may be critical to preventing a medical mistake. For example, you want to make sure that you understand:
  • Your medication schedule. Your medications may have changed since you were admitted to the hospital and it is important to understand what to take and when to take it.
  • Follow up instructions. You may require future medical treatment, and it is important to know when that treatment should occur.
  • Limitations. You may not be able to go back to your full activities immediately after you are discharged. Make sure to understand what you can and can't do so you don't hurt yourself.

A doctor, nurse or pharmacist should review your discharge instructions with you and make sure that you understand what to do to prevent injury.

When to Call a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney 

If a negligent mistake was made in your discharge instructions or the instructions were not appropriately reviewed with you and you suffered a physical injury as a result, then it is important to call a New York medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your rights. The experienced New York City medical malpractice attorneys of The Pagan Law Firm welcome your call at 1-800-PAGAN-911.