Post-Hospital Complication Prevention Guide

Help with hospital discharge makes recovery smoother.

Being discharged from the hospital can be dangerous. The first three weeks after discharge is a vulnerable time for patients. Of all the surgical complications that happen after surgery, 40 % happen at home. It is important to know the warning signs and be alert for complications.

    The extent of pain experienced is related to how invasive the procedure was. If pain gets worse, instead of better, then that is a sign of a possible complication.
    In older adults, it is possible to have confusion or delirium for weeks and even months after surgery.
    When less air is moving then mucous gets trapped in the lungs and can cause pneumonia. Warning signs: Shortness of breath and fast beating heart.
    General anesthesia causes fatigue and the longer the surgery the longer it takes to recover energy.
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