The All-important Discharge Order
The discharge planner is responsible for making sure that all required equipment and supplies are available to you when you reach home. Therefore, your most important concern is the discharge orders. You will need to review these with the attending physician. If you are in a teaching hospital, the attending physician will probably delegate the discharge process to a resident (doctor-in-training). This is not a problem as long as you make sure that the attending countersigns the orders. You should make certain that the physician you are going to see on the outside is aware of what you need at home. This is an aspect of health care that doctors often overlook. It is going to be up to you to see that this does not happen.