Emergency Care For You

Admission to the Hospital

If you are very sick or injured, or if extensive tests or surgery are needed, you may be admitted to the hospital. If you think you may be admitted you should be prepare for your visit by bringing a change of clothes plus whatever personal items you might be need—eyeglasses, for example.

Tip: Older patients are more likely to be admitted to the hospital.


In the hectic atmosphere of a busy emergency department, it's easy to get confused about what you're supposed to do after you leave. In fact, studies show it's common for patients not to fully comprehend the treatments they have received or remember instructions on how to care for themselves once they've been discharged.

At discharge, you will be given written instruc­tions on how to care for your illness or injury, along with any prescriptions you will need. It's im­portant to follow your discharge orders. Not doing so could lead to complications that could land you right back in the emergency room. That's why ERs provide every discharged patient with a printed copy of instructions and checklists, which are available in many languages. ER staff will go over these instructions and information with you. This is the time to make sure you are clear about everything, so ask questions and request more information, if needed.