Eileen CostantinouPractice Specialist, Senior Coordinator
40 years’ experience as a nurse - staff nurse, Quality Improvement nurse and currently as Project Coordinator, Senior Practice Specialist in the Center for Practice Excellence. Coordinate development of continuing education programs for licensed and unlicensed staff and ANCC board certified in Staff Development. Areas of expertise include patient fall and injury prevention, restraint reduction, and quality improvement. Experienced at providing presentations and participate in multiple hospital committees. Chair the hospital Fall Prevention Team. I have also participated in several poster presentations and published in medical and nursing publications.
1:45 PM USE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT METHODOLOGIES TO PREVENT ONCOLOGY PATIENT FALLS: LESSONS LEARNED USING LEAN AND SIX SIGMA
According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among adults 65 and over. Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall related injury. Fall and fall injury prevention interventions in acute care must be selected in collaboration with the patient and tailored to their needs. This session will compare case studies using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to prevent patient falls and fall injuries. Results and lessons learned from implementing this five and half year quality improvement project in Oncology will be discussed including a patient partnering intervention that resulted in a decrease in falls with serious injury. Results of a qualitative research study will be discussed revealing medical oncology patient perceptions of fall and fall with injury risk as well as patient recommended interventions.
• Identify key components of a successful patient partnering program
• Understand the difference between Lean and Six Sigma methodologies
• Sustain a successful fall and fall injury prevention program based on key lessons learned during this 5 and half year experience