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How to survive your hospital visit series: When you’re ready to leave

Although hospitals are supposed to be home to helpful caretakers, they are sometimes the home of medical malpractice, medication dosing errors, and hospital-related infections. Your attentiveness to your care should not end when you’re ready to leave.

1. Update your medical history data. Ask for lab results, copies of scans, a list of medications, and put the new information in your file.
2. Don’t depart on “fatal Friday.” Research has shown that survival rates are the lowest among patients who leave hospitals on Friday. Scientists suspect that because docs are swamped at the end of the week, they spend less time providing patients with postsurgery instructions.

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