What to bring to the hospital

(Please note: These are general suggestions. For procedure-specific rules, please speak to your personal health care team.)

  1. Legal documents. During the admission process, you will be asked to provide the hospital with the following legal documents:
    • Driver's license or identification card.
    • Insurance cards.
    • Copy of power of attorney, living will and/or advance directive (if applicable).
  2. List of medications. Make a complete list of medications and supplements you take that includes the name, dosage and frequency (how often you take it).
  3. List of important phone numbers. Providing the hospital with a list of important phone numbers will ensure that family and close friends will be notified in the event of an emergency. Be sure to include complete names and phone numbers, including area codes.
  4. Cash. While it is best to leave credit cards at home, a small amount of cash will allow you to purchase something to read or other items from the vending machine or gift shop. To avoid the possibility of theft, keep money in an inconspicuous place, like a sock or tied bandana.
  5. Comfortable clothing. You may be required to wear a heart monitor or have an IV while in the hospital, so loose clothing is best. Pajamas or loose workout clothes are good choices. Bring a few changes of clothes, just in case.
  6. Eyeglasses, if you normally wear them. Contact lenses can be a hassle if it is difficult for you to leave your bed, so glasses are usually the better choice.
  7. Cell phone/phone card. Depending on where you are and what type of equipment is being used, cell phones may not be allowed. Cell phones are forbidden on some units because they may interfere with electronic patient monitoring equipment. You may want to purchase a phone card so you can use the land line from your room.
  8. Toiletries. Bring your own toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and shampoo from home.
  9. Entertainment. While we strive to make your stay pleasant, we also know that spending a day in bed (even with a TV) can get boring. To keep yourself occupied, you might want to bring:
    • Books or magazines.
    • Crosswords/Sudoku.
    • Knitting.
    • A smartphone or tablet, if they are allowed on your unit. Free wireless service is available throughout the hospital. Ask a member of your care team for assistance.
    • A journal to record your thoughts.
    • Your iPod, radio or CD player.
  10. Family photos. During an extended stay, surrounding yourself with photos of loved ones can ease your anxiety and help you stay focused on healing.
  11. Eye cover and/or ear plugs. If you find it difficult to sleep when there is an unusual level of light or sound at home, you will probably need sleep aids in the hospital.

What NOT to bring

We encourage you to leave your valuables, such as jewelry, at home. Upon being admitted to the hospital, you can place your valuables in a hospital safe. Salem Hospital does not accept responsibility for items of value that are kept at your bedside.

If you lose something, please notify your nurse right away. A report will be filed by staff and given to our security officers. To inquire about lost articles, call 40311. Using an outside phone, that’s 503-814-0311.

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