Modern Healthcare Staff
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After several highly publicized cases of theft of controlled substances by healthcare workers in Minnesota, state health department officials approached the state hospital association with a plan. While there are no precise statistics about the prevalence of drug theft in healthcare facilities, experts agree it's a pervasive problem.
Throughout the 1990s, Dr. Fred Rubin tried a variety of strategies to prevent elderly patients from experiencing the sudden onset of stress and confusion known as delirium, which often occurs during a hospital stay. Then in 1999, Rubin saw a New England Journal of Medicine article touting the benefits of the Hospital Elder Life Program, or HELP.