Hospital Discharge Instructions
- Make sure you understand which medications are your maintenance medications. These are medications you take daily to control your COPD symptoms.
- Make sure you have all medications called into your pharmacy prior to discharge or that your medications are delivered bedside (some hospitals have bedside delivery).
- Make sure to make your follow-up appointment with your doctor.
- Take your medications and use oxygen (if recommended).
- Take your medications exactly as directed. Do not skip doses.
- During each appointment, talk with your doctor about your ability to correctly use inhaler.
Protect Yourself From Infection
Wash your hands often. Do your best to keep your hands away from your face. Most germs are spread from your hands to your mouth.
Stay away from crowds. It’s especially important to do this in the winter when more people have colds and flu.
To stay healthy, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a balanced diet and you should:
- Get about 8 hours of sleep every night
- Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
- Have healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, 100% whole grains, lean meats and fish, and low-fat dairy products. Try to stay away from foods high in fats and sugar.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important to staying as healthy as possible.
When To Call A Healthcare Provider
Yellow, green, bloody, or smelly mucus
Fever or chills
WHEN TO CALL 911:
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or trouble breathing
- Tightness in chest that doesn’t go away with your normal medications
- An irregular heart beat or feeling your heart is racing
- Trouble talking
- Feeling of lightheadedness or dizziness
- Skin turning blue, gray, or purple in color