November Is C. diff. Awareness Month: We Can Make a Difference Together Worldwide

In joint efforts with the C Diff Foundation Advocates and organizations dedicated in preventing and treating life-threatening Clostridioides difficile (C. diff., C. difficile) infections,  we express our gratitude and congratulate the State of Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico,  Pennsylvania, West Virginia,  Wisconsin, to name a few, to date  for declaring November “Clostridioides difficile (C. diff., C. difficile) Awareness Month.

The Proclamations approved serve to heighten awareness of the impact this disease has on patients across the United States. The infection, which has been labeled an urgent national health threat by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), results in 500,000 infections each year and is directly responsible for approximately 29,000 patients who died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of C. difficile.  Of those, about 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly attributable to C. difficile infections.

 

 

 

 

 

An excerpt from USA Today article published in 2012:    Deaths and illnesses are much higher than reports have shown. In March, the  CDC  said in a report that the C difficile infection kills 14,000 people a year. But that estimate is based on death certificates, which often don’t list the infection when patients die from complications, such as kidney failure.  Hospital billing data collected by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that more than 9% of C. diff-related hospitalizations end in death — nearly five times the rate for other hospital stays. That adds up to more than 30,000 fatalities among the 347,000 C. diff hospitalizations in 2010. Thousands of patients are treated in nursing homes, clinics and doctors’ offices.

“We’re talking in the range of close to 500,000 total cases a year,” says Cliff McDonald, a C. diff expert, and senior science adviser in the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. And annual fatalities “may well be … as high as 30,000.”

* AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/news-and-numbers/012512.html

In the USA:  Nearly half a million Americans suffer from Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections in a single year according to a study released February 25, 2015, by the Centers for

Not only in November, but every day of the year it is our time to make a difference!  Most patients and their families, until their diagnosis, are not familiar with this infectious disease.  When they tell their friends and family, their friends and family have never heard of a C. difficile (Clostridium difficile, C. diff., CDI)  infection before.

Sometimes, even when they are told by their doctors of this diagnosis, the doctors can be largely unfamiliar with the impact of this infection and the treatments readily available. This is astonishing. Why? Because a C. diff. infection impacts individuals differently than it did decades ago.  The re-occurrence rate is greater today than it was in previous years.   C.difficile infections are not only acquired by a hospital stay but can be community-acquired.  It is a global diagnosis and this infection is not isolated in the senior population, however; seniors remain in the higher risk category of acquiring this infection.

FACT:  About a C. diff. infection  — Over 41 individuals lose their life to a Clostridioides difficile infection in the United States of America alone each day — C. difficile has no boundaries — It can be acquired by anyone –  at any location and at any age.

Every year we work together to change the level of C. difficile awareness worldwide. Every year we make a difference. Every day of every year we share information through education and advocacy for patients and continue to raise awareness of Clostridioides difficile infection (C. diff., C. difficile, CDI) prevention, treatments, clinical trials, and environmental safety  — further than the day before.

“None of us can do this alone – All of us can do this together.”

Clostridioides difficile (C. diff. C. difficile, CDI) has had an immeasurable impact on our families, in our communities, in our countries.  It is a leading Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) yet awareness of Clostridioides difficile remains quite low among the general public worldwide.

Help us change this.  Contact us and join us TODAY!

Take Action

  • Draft a letter to your State Governor requesting a Proclamation for November dedicated for promoting Clostridium difficile Infection Awareness.
  • Create Your Own Fundraiser!
  • Contact kathy@cdifffoundation.org to get started on the fundraiser of your choice.

Awareness Tools

  • Share the C Diff Foundation brochure  (request your copies by e-mail)  A great guide to explain details about a C. diff. infection and data on C. diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety available.
  • The Clinical Trials Page showcases Clostridium difficile prevention and treatment clinical trials available and research-driven results.
  • Personal Stories on C. diff. Survivors Alliance  allow you to share your story, to help raise awareness about C. difficile infections, and to help raise funds for C Diff Foundation www.cdifffoundation.org
  • Share  C.diff. Global Community Support session information which is FREE and available across the USA and accessible from 57 countries to learn more about a C. diff. infection, Nutrition, and to speak with health care providers and fellow-C.diff. survivors to gain knowledge and have questions answered.

Social Media Involvement

Please join us and share YOUR story. Use these November Awareness campaign hashtags to spread awareness for November Is Clostridioides difficile (Clostridium difficile, C.diff., C.difficile, CDI) Infection Awareness Month.

To obtain printed literature to share with your family, friends, colleagues, in your community and with your health care providers  — along with  a “November Is C. diff. Awareness Month”  Magnet, please contact the C Diff Foundation’s Main Office (727) 205-3922 or email your request:  info@cdifffoundation.org

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NOVEMBER IS ALSO U.S. Antibiotics Awareness Week

November 18 – 24, 2019

 

 

 

CDC’s educational effort, Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care, is the year-round effort to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and combat antibiotic resistance.

In November the  annual campaign  developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) :

Share the resources of countries Raising Antibiotic Awareness Worldwide

https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/get-involved.html

Antibiotic Awareness Week

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/10/world-antibiotic-awareness-week-18-22-november/

 

How do Antibiotics cause C. diff.?  The antibiotics cause a disruption in the normal intestinal flora which leads to an overgrowth of C. difficile bacteria in the colon. Leading antibiotics are known to disrupt the normal intestinal flora.

As far back as November 2012, the CDC started sharing a public announcement regarding antibiotic use: Colds and many ear and sinus infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Taking antibiotics to treat a “virus” can make those drugs less effective when you and your family really need them. Limiting the usage of antibiotics will also help limit new cases of CDI.
*Always discuss the symptoms and medications with the treating Physician/Healthcare Provider.

 

Your participation makes a BIG difference around the globe.