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Learn About Your Procedure

Health NewsGoing to the hospital isn't something anyone looks forward to. Unless it's for childbirth (Read about "Childbirth"), it usually means that we have a problem. (Read about "Medical Procedures") Hopefully, by reading the following some of your anxiety can be relieved. If nothing else, it will arm you with information and questions you'll need to try and make the hospital visit successful. Most of this information is for people who know they'll be going to the hospital in advance, not for emergency visits to the hospital.

Questions to ask

If you are going to the hospital, the first step is understanding why you are going. Is it for tests that will require you to stay overnight, an operation of some sort? Or will the tests or operation be done on an outpatient basis?

The federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research suggests you also ask the following questions:

Finally, if you are confused or concerned, don't be afraid to ask the question again and again until you understand. You don't have the years of training that medical people do. Stop them and have them explain any terms that you don't know. It's only fair to them to tell them you don't understand what they are saying.

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