The Prince Charles Hospital early discharge of patients with delirium reduces costs by 40%
Categories: Innovation |
Author: Matt Stewart
Posted: 1/06/2015 |
The Prince Charles Hospital has completed a successful
pilot study of early discharge of Delirium patients.The pilot used an approach of assessment and support for patients over 65
years of age. Patients who were
eligible for HITH were assigned an individualised and multidisciplinary
treatment plan contingent upon their needs as determined by the treating team
in conjunction with the HITH service.
The results were impressive, with the
average cost for a standard patient dropping from $24k to $9k for a HITH
Previous studies have found that early discharge of older patients can
reduce incidents of delirium and it is believed that a familiar environment may
help to facilitate reorientation. Hospitalised patients
with delirium also often experience complications related to prolonged hospital
stays such as falls and high mortality.
Prince Charle’s innovation presentation is available to HRT
members by clinking here.
Other hospital’s innovations from the 2015 Hospital in the
Home meeting are available by clicking here.