These selected publications contain information on the benefits of HELP and include data that may be helpful to you during your presentation to your administration. Some selected program highlights are listed below.
HELP is cost-effective for both hospital and long-term costs
Through prevention of delirium and falls, for each hospital HELP saves $800 per patient or $1.3 million per year. Additional cost savings of over $2.0 million per year are anticipated through reducing lawsuits for iatrogenic complications. See table below for more references on cost-savings from HELP.
|Rubin FH (2011) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society||>$7.3 million per year savings in hospital costs (>$1000 savings/patient)|
|Rizzo JA (2001) Medical Care||$831 savings per person-year in hospital costs|
|Leslie DL (2005) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society||$9,446 per person-yr in nursing home costs|
|Caplan GA (2007) Internal Medicine Journal||$121,425 per year savings in sitter costs, decreased delirium incidence|
|Inouye (2006) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society||Enhances patient satisfaction and improves nursing job satisfaction, serves as training resource, improves public relations and community outreach|
HELP offers many advantages to sites
In addition to improving quality of care and outcomes for older persons, HELP serves as an educational and training resource; improves nursing job satisfaction and retention; enhances patient and family satisfaction with care, creates a center of excellence in geriatrics at the institution, and improves public relations and community outreach. See table below for references about how HELP can impact hospital outcomes.
|Rubin 2011||23% reduced delirium incidence, decreased hospital length of stay by .7 days.|
|Chen 2011||17% reduced delirium incidence|
|Caplan 2007||32% reduced delirium incidence, decreased hospital length of stay by 4.3 days, reduced institutionalization by 23%, decreased falls by 13%, decreased sitter use by 314 hours|
|Rubin 2006||15% reduced delirium incidence, decreased hospital length of stay by .3 days|
|Inouye 1999||5% reduced delirium incidence|
|Inouye 2000||18% reduction in cognitive decline, 19% reduction in functional decline|
|Inouye 2009||2% reduction in falls|