Category Archives: C Diff Foundation

C Diff Foundation’s Junior Infection Fighters Program Takes Action against Harmful Germs One Community at a Time Worldwide

C Diff Foundation Junior Infection Fighter Program was introduced to families and their children/teens in Chester County, Pennsylvania on October 12, 2019.

Dayle Skelly, Director of the Junior Infection Fighter Program and C. diff. A survivor said, “There shouldn’t be an age limit for raising awareness of infection prevention. Children are our future and take forth the torch of knowledge to be shared with everyone in each community.”

The volunteer program has been developed for children/teens, ages 7 to 14, with the participation and support of their parents/legal guardian and supervision of C Diff Foundation adult volunteers.

C Diff Foundation’s Junior Infection Fighters Program mission:

“To educate and advocate for infection prevention with the children and teens and to inspire their social, academic, personal, and health care knowledge.  To partner with parents, sharing the same mission, to prepare the Junior Infection Fighter Volunteers to be members of ever-changing global health care in societies worldwide.”

C Diff Foundation’s Junior Infection Fighter guidelines have been brought to fruition, under the direction of a leading infection preventionist, Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed., CIC.

Ms. Spencer who has been an Infection Preventionist for over 30 years and board certified in infection control (CIC). As one of the early pioneers in infection control, she was awarded the APIC National Carole DeMille Award in 1990 and was selected as one of the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention in 2007 for her work in establishing a MRSA and Staph aureus Elimination Program at New England Baptist Hospital, an Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Boston. The groundbreaking work was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

All volunteer attendees enjoyed spending time learning more about practicing healthy habits combined with infection prevention information during the inaugural community event.

“We work together to carve new paths in the multi-faceted patient and family programs offered by
C Diff Foundation. Together we build awareness and advocate for a leading healthcare-acquired
infection; C. difficile.  Globally educating and advocating for C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, antibiotic-resistance, and environmental safety. We are truly grateful to the dedicated members taking the C Diff Foundation’s mission to greater levels changing lives, and saving lives across the globe,” said Nancy C. Caralla, Founding President, C Diff Foundation.

Interested in joining the Junior Infection Fighters Program?

Contact the C Diff Foundation Main Office:  (727) 205-3922  or email

info@cdifffoundation.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

C Diff Foundation Welcomes Dr. Sahil Khanna, M.B.B.S.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sahil Khanna
as a Member of the C Diff Foundation and Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Sahil Khanna is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is directing the Comprehensive Gastroenterology Interest group,
C. difficile Clinic, Fecal Microbiota Transplantation program and
C. difficile related Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

He completed Medical School at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; followed by Post Doctoral Research at University of California San Diego, CA; residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN before joining the Faculty. He also completed Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences during his fellowship. His research and clinical interests include Epidemiology, Outcomes and Emerging Therapeutics for Clostridium difficile infection, an arena in which he has had numerous publications and presentations.

Dr. Khanna has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and serves as reviewer and on the editorial board of several journals. He has won numerous awards including the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Award, Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award, Donald C. Balfour Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Research Award, Hartz Foundation Young Investigators’ Scholarship and the Most Distinguished Resident Physician Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Food Safety Tips to Reduce Risk of a Food-borne Illness During a Holiday Gathering – Memorial Day Message

Remembering those who sacrificed everything so we could have anything

It takes courage to keep the faith of the people alive and fight with courage for the people of the country. Our soldiers deserve all the honor and respect.

A bit of history:  Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Each and every soldier who fought for the nation was someone’s son or daughter, someone’s brother or sister, someone’s  Mother or Father, and someone’s friend….. Memorial Day is the day to take inspiration from such brave soldiers and stand with their families.   On this  occasion, let us bow our heads in silence to remember and honor the sacrifices of hundreds of men and women who gave their lives for the country.

Sending warm wishes to you and your family on Memorial Day.

 

 

 

During the Memorial Holiday and during the many festivities taking place from towns to cities — it is a good time to take a “hand-washing break”

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for about 20 seconds and if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product.  Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast-acting.

Wash your hands with soap and water during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • After touching raw meat, raw eggs, or unwashed vegetables
  • Before eating or drinking
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before exiting a restroom *
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage.

FOOD SAFETY TIPS ~ Backyard Gatherings to Picnics

Serve Foods Safely

  • If preparing food in advance, divide cooked food into shallow containers  and store in a refrigerator or freezer. This encourages rapid, even cooling.
  • Keep hot foods hot, at 140°F or warmer. Use slow cookers, chafing dishes, and warming trays to keep food hot on the buffet table.
  • Keep cold foods col , at 40°F or lower. Use small serving trays and replace often with fresh platters from the refrigerator, or place serving dishes in bowls of ice so they stay chilled.
  • For picnics and other outdoor meals, keep cold food in a cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs until just before serving. Catering or getting food delivered?     Make sure food that is catered or delivered stays at a safe temperature.
store leftovers in smaller portions

Divide leftovers into smaller portions or pieces, place in shallow containers, and refrigerate or freeze.

The Two-Hour Rule:  Throw away any perishable foods that have been out at room temperature for 2 hours or more.

Toss them after 1 hour if they’ve been sitting out at temperatures of 90°F or hotter, such as food served at a picnic or outdoor family reunion.

Taking temperature of foods

Use a food thermometer to be sure foods are cooked to the right temperature.

  • Store and Reheat Leftovers the Correct Way >>>>
  • Divide leftovers into smaller portions or pieces, place in shallow containers, and refrigerate or freeze.
  • Leftover foods should be refrigerated at 40°F or below as soon as possible and within two hours of preparation. It’s OK to put hot foods directly into the refrigerator.
  • Leftovers should be reheated to at least 165°F before serving. This includes leftovers warmed up in the microwave.

Have  a Safe Holiday!

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/serving-food-safely.html

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Will you be our Valentine?

Shop at AmazonSmile   who will make a donation to C Diff Foundation  in
New Port Richey, Florida with each purchase you make.

Valentine’s Day is February 14 and many of us are starting to shop for gifts that express our love.

This is a great opportunity to share your love and support when you shop at smile.amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

We thank you for your support and we are here for you and your families to help you get through and recover from this life-threatening infection that can be acquired by any individuals,  at any age, in any location — it knows no boundaries.

Learn more about Clostridium difficiile (C.diff., C.difficile, CDI) and ways to prevent it, the available medications treating it, and clinical trials enrolling today for both prevention and treatment.  Learn more about hospital to home care and the ways to maintain environmental safety for patients, families, and pets.

Health care professionals and Triage Nurses are available to speak with Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. ET   1-727-205-3922.

Nationwide Hotline:  1 844 FOR CDIF

“None of us can do this alone ~ all of us can do this together.”

Thank you for your efforts and support to patients, their families, and to continue moving the Foundation’s mission forward worldwide.

Warm Wishes For a Peaceful Holiday Season

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us;  A time to share warm holiday greetings while reflecting upon the many individuals combating a C. difficile infection with the extensive list of  wellness draining illnesses worldwide.

We call to mind our loved ones, patients, neighbors, friends, acquaintances and the many individuals who have passed away from a Clostridium difficile infection and/or C. difficile  infection involvement while fighting other diagnoses simultaneously.

The all-encompassing nature of chronic illness and its disruption of life and plans can elicit a wide range of emotions. These responses include: stress, grief, anger,fear,depression, and anxiety.  Be kind to yourself.  Take time for you during the holiday season.

It has been found beneficial to experiment with a variety of ways to manage stress and the many emotions that surface during the holidays season. When you find a technique that relieves the symptoms,  try to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. Some proven methods include exercising, walking, yoga, listening to music, deep breathing exercise, meditation, cooking, reading, writing in a journal, and spending quality time with family and friends. There is always the option of speaking with a healthcare provider to obtain a mental health professional referral for continued support.

We would like to take this opportunity to say that during the year it has been an honor to stand along-side of the many global patient focused organizations, healthcare professionals, and scientists researching and developing preventative measures, and treatments to combat C. diff. infections with the long list of  “superbugs.”

We are truly grateful.

We look forward to releasing new programs in 2019 for patients, families, healthcare professionals. and residents in every community while working towards a shared goal in witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed  C. diff. infections with increasing awareness of Antibiotic-Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs, Sepsis, and more.

“None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this together.”

Thank you for your continued support from all of us at the C Diff Foundation.

We wish you and your family warm holiday greetings with hopes for a
stronger, healthier, and positive New Year.

C Diff Foundation’s Health Education Clinic Has Flourished Over Recent Year With the Support From Nursing Students

On Wednesday, August 1st the senior Nursing students from
Rasmussen College attended the Foundation’s
bi-weekly Health Education Clinic in Florida where they were given the opportunity to expand their knowledge base focused on C.difficile (C.diff.)  Infections, Clinical Trials, Sepsis,  and
Antibiotic Stewardship while utilizing their skills with hands on practice.  The students add a new public health topic each month during the Health Education Clinic that benefit the local residents of Pasco County, Florida. The Health Education Clinic began in June 2017 and has proven beneficial to the local citizens to learn more about C.difficile infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, environmental safety, support, Sepsis, and other leading Healthcare-acquired infections — to name a few MRSA, VRSA.  The Nursing Students, with their clinical faculty member,  introduce topics of hydration, nutrition, diabetes, hypertension, and display their proficiency in blood-pressure monitoring during clinic.

“It has been gratifying to witness the positive changes taking place in the resident’s health over the past year.  We extend our gratitude to the Rasmussen Colleges for incorporating our community program into their student’s curriculum/clinical experience to learn more about our mission from our members and for providing public health educational material to the local community,” stated Nancy Caralla, Founding President of the C Diff Foundation. “The program is mutually beneficial with outstanding results being produced.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful for Rasmussen College, and their Nursing Students, for the continued support of this community outreach program.

The C Diff Foundation Welcomes Weiyan Feng, Pharm.D., RPh To the Antimicrobial Stewardship and CDI Prevention (ASCP) Committee

It is a pleasure to welcome
Weiyan Feng Pharm.D., RPh to the C Diff Foundation’s Antimicrobial Stewardship and CDI Prevention (ASCP) Committee

 

Weiyan Feng is the Associate Director, Medical Affairs at CutisPharma. Currently, she leads the Medical Affairs department in strategic medical planning and project management of medical initiatives. She is responsible for assuring that there is medical and pharmaceutical science support throughout product cycle (Pre-launch (development), Launch and Post-launch). She has led advisory boards, represented CutisPharma at key medical congress/conferences, and presented to diverse audiences. Prior to joining CutisPharma, Dr. Feng’s has practiced in institutional and retail pharmacy settings. Her background in pharmacy includes pharmaceutical compounding, clinical pharmacology, patient safety, and process development and improvement. She has a passion for advocating the prevention, treatment, and awareness building of medical conditions, especially Clostridium difficile Infection.