Outpatient Surgery/Direct Discharge Discharge planning and discharge assessment Provide written, verbal instructions regarding follow-up care, complications, wound care, activity, medications, diet. Give prescriptions, have contact numbers, discuss actions to take if complications occur. Give instructions to patient and a responsible adult who will accompany patient. Patients are not to drive home or be discharge to be home alone. Sedation, anesthesia may cloud memory, judgment, effect ability.