Agenda

Tuesday, Feb. 7

9 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

Cathleen R. Wright, DNS, RN, Director, Statewide Hospital Quality Improvement, HANYS

Bea Grause, RN, JD, President, Healthcare Association of New York State

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Innovations in fall and fall injury prevention

Speaker:

Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, FARN, ARN, President and Managing Member, Patricia A. Quigley, Nurse Consultant, LLC

Learn the attributes of a comprehensive fall and fall injury prevention program, including structures and processes at the organization, unit and patient levels. Review your hospital’s current state to identify opportunities to enhance practice, clinical skills, program infrastructure and capacity. Participants will be positioned to prioritize gaps in practice to improve patient and program outcomes.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • differentiate clinical practice for patients who fall versus those at risk for falls, with an emphasis on the emergency room;
  • discuss essential elements and guidelines for preventable fall and injury prevention programs;
  • examine fall and fall injury prevention program attributes; and
  • identify opportunities to enhance fall and fall injury prevention program infrastructure and capacity and how to sustain improvement.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Pressure injuries: Back-to-basics strategies for success

Speaker:

Barbara Delmore, PhD, RN, CWCN, MAPWCA, IIWCC-NYU, FAAN, Senior Nurse Scientist, Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care, Clinical Assistant Professor, Hansjӧrg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, NYU Langone Health

Learn the integral elements of an evidence-based pressure injury prevention plan. Attendees will identify the attributes of their facility’s patient population that may make them vulnerable to pressure injuries. This session will also highlight the importance of collaboration among team members and experts required to make a prevention plan successful and sustainable.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • develop a pressure injury prevention plan aligned with your patient population and organizational goals;
  • identify opportunities for prevention that exist among your patient population; and
  • determine the necessary team members and experts for sustainable change.

11:30 a.m. ­– 12:30 p.m.

Sepsis care: Taking the bundle from paper to the bedside

Speaker:

Maureen Seckel, APRN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN-K, FCNS, FCCM, FAAN, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Sepsis Coordinator, ChristianaCare

Sepsis continues to be a leading cause of inpatient mortality and morbidity with a high financial impact on healthcare. This session will review current clinical sepsis definitions, bundles and guideline recommendations. Participants will be given examples of successful strategies to improve patient outcomes.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of sepsis definitions, sepsis guidelines and bundles into practice;
  • define current SEP-1 process measures; and
  • apply research to methods for improving sepsis care and metrics.

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Lunch break and virtual poster viewing

1 – 3 p.m.

Time for an infection prevention restart: Getting back on track

Speakers:

Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, Infection prevention consultant, UR Highland Hospital

Charlene Ludlow, RN, BSN, MHA, CIC, Senior Vice President, Nursing, Erie County Medical Center

The post-COVID-19 future of infection prevention presents many challenges for organizations as basic prevention strategies and practices were often compromised during the pandemic. This session highlights core principles of infection prevention, recent prevention literature and strategies to get infection prevention programs back on track.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe core infection prevention practices and methods to engage stakeholders in their consistent application;
  • discuss emerging literature on infection prevention;
  • identify leadership skills necessary to communicate, provide feedback and coach healthcare workers; and
  • discuss the concept of healthcare equity and its role preventing healthcare-associated infections.

3 – 3:15 p.m.

Closing remarks

Speaker:

Elizabeth Perry, BA, Manager, Project Coordination, Eastern US Quality Improvement Collaborative

Wednesday, Feb. 8

9 – 10 a.m.

Welcome back and Keynote — Safer Together: Imperatives and pathways for advancing safety

Speakers:

Cathleen R. Wright, DNS, RN

Patricia A. McGaffigan, MS, RN, CPPS, Vice President and President, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

While efforts to address safety commonly focus on circumscribed improvement projects, less focus is placed on the foundational work that is needed for total systems safety. Amid concerning setbacks in patient and workforce safety during the pandemic, the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety has called for immediate action and recommitment to address safety from a total systems approach. This session will provide practical considerations for the deployment of Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety, which offers a roadmap and resources to guide the assessment and intentional design of a total systems safety bundle across four foundational areas: culture, leadership and governance; patient and family engagement; learning systems; and workforce safety and well-being. Participants will leave this session with practical considerations for assessing, prioritizing and advancing their organization’s safety progress.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe the rationale and focus areas to advance total systems safety;
  • assess your organization’s current state using the Safer Together Self-Assessment Tool to identify priorities for improvement; and
  • incorporate considerations, tactics and resources into your organization’s safety strategy.

10 – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Implementing an integrated leadership system to drive meaningful improvement

Speakers:

Carolyn Candiello, MA, CPHRM, System Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety, GBMC HealthCare, Inc.

John Chessare, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACHE, President and CEO, GBMC HealthCare, Inc.

Learn how to use a Lean Leadership System to tackle challenges faced by the healthcare industry. Hear about Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s strategic methodology for staying at the forefront of the industry’s changing landscape. This session includes tactics for engaging the workforce and methods for achieving system goals from a Lean Improvement approach.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe key components of a Leadership System and Strategic Planning Process;
  • define core components of a Lean Improvement approach and how it supports strategy;
  • describe how to use a Leadership System to engage the workforce; and
  • discuss examples of how GBMC uses its Leadership System to support health equity.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Keeping well-being real and relevant while the waves keep crashing

Speaker:

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Co-chief Well-being Officer, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University

The healthcare workforce has faced unprecedented challenges during the last several years, leaving teams facing a new era of unique stressors and challenges. This session provides participants with evidence-informed tools to reduce the burdens of burnout and workplace-related stress.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • list the five aspects of post-traumatic growth;
  • discuss ways to support individual, team and system well-being; and
  • explore your own traditional thoughts about well-being and wellness.

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch break and virtual poster viewing

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Building your patient safety team: Don’t forget your pharmacist colleagues

Speaker:

Anna Legreid Dopp, PharmD, CPHQ, Senior Director, Clinical Guidelines and Quality Improvement, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Pharmacists are an important part of the interprofessional care team. As medication experts, they can collaborate on organizational efforts to prevent, identify and mitigate adverse drug events. This session outlines opportunities to implement an interprofessional stewardship approach to medication safety while incorporating the role of the pharmacist.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • explain how an interdisciplinary stewardship approach can assist in reducing medication-related harm;
  • describe opportunities for incorporating pharmacists into the interprofessional care team; and
  • identify resources for improving medication safety.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Applying RCA2 to strengthen your patient safety program

Speaker:

Kathleen Rauch, RN, MSHQS, BSN, CPHQ, Vice President, Quality Advocacy, Research and Innovation and Post-acute and Continuing Care, HANYS

Although significant gains have been made to reduce patient harm over the past 20 years, success has been inconsistent. To improve the effectiveness of patient safety programs, the National Patient Safety Foundation has added “Action” as a core component of the Root Cause Analysis process for sustainable systems-based improvements. This session provides an overview of the methodology and implementation strategies of NPSF’s Root Cause Analysis and Action, known as RCA2 or RCA squared.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • identify methodologies and techniques leading to more effective and efficient RCAs;
  • use tools to improve the process of completing RCAs to improve patient safety; and
  • identify and apply tools that assist management in the evaluation process.

2:45 – 3 p.m.

Call to action

Lindsay Milchteim, MPH, PCMH CCE, Manager, Special Projects and Education, EQIC