Dr. David Sherer, anesthesiologist and author of Bottom Line’s What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You blog, discusses how your doctor determines when it is time to discharge you from the hospital. With every condition, there is a set of criteria that, when met, indicates a patient is ready to leave the hospital and continue recovering at home. Ask your doctor about how this applies to your specific condition. Also, be aware that your physician will consider how much support you will have from others after you leave the hospital. Once you are discharged, be vigilant and let your doctor know at once if you notice any concerning or unexpected changes.

David Sherer, MD, is an American physician, inventor, and author. He currently practices anesthesiology in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is a tireless advocate for hospitalized patients. For more great tips from Dr. Sherer, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You.”

For more with Dr. Sherer, click here for his podcast and video interviews, or purchase his memoir, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris.