What to Bring to the Hospital for Surgery

What to Bring to the Hospital for Surgery

As the surgery date approaches, it’s time to start thinking about all the little things that need to be done in preparation.

Use our checklist of essentials below to make preparing for the trip to the hospital smooth and straightforward.

One item on your pre-hospital-stay to-do list is to help the person in your care pack their hospital bag. When packing a bag for the person in your care, you’ll want to ensure that you have everything they were instructed to bring, but you may also want to pack a few personal items, such as a comfortable pair of non-slip slippers or a favourite book, to help them feel more comfortable and relaxed while in the hospital.

Depending on the type of surgery, you may need to pack a few additional items. For example, if the person in your care is getting a hip replacement or knee surgery, packing clothing items that allow for easy access to the hip or knee area is essential. Loose-fitting clothing helps to avoid pressure on incisions and allows easy movement for physio exercises during recovery.

Use our checklist of essentials below to make preparing for the trip to the hospital smooth and straightforward.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Surgery

Medical

  • Health card and/or medical insurance card
  • Medications in their original containers, instructions on dosage
  • List of any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products that you use
  • Any medical records or reports from specialists that are relevant

Personal Items

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Other care items that are used often

Clothing

  • Nightgown/robe/pajamas
  • Comfortable clothing such as sweatpants or workout shorts
  • Supportive shoes with a back and non-slip sole
  • Undergarments
  • Loose fitting clothing for leaving the hospital

Extras (If required)

  • Eye glasses or contacts along with any cases or cleaner
  • Denture cup and wash
  • Hearing aids
  • Assistive devices: reacher, sock aid, long-handled shoehorn, cushion
  • Mobility devices such as crutches or a cane

Tips

  • Leave home jewelry, valuables
  • Label personal items
  • Be aware of scent-free environments
  • Check any policies surrounding electronic equipment
  • Consider packing your items in a wheeled-bag. It will make carrying a number of items and supporting the person in your care easier while navigating the hospital corridors.
  • Bring along a book, puzzles, music, or quiet activities to help pass the time

This list will give you a good starting point to prepare for the hospital stay. Although you’ll definitely want to pack everything the hospital instructs you to bring, try not to over pack. The essentials with a few comfort items should be more than enough for a couple days in the hospital.

Is there an essential item we missed in our checklist? Let us know in the comments below and we'll add it to our list.

 

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