Category Archives: C Diff Foundation

C Diff Foundation Welcomes Teena Chopra, MD, MPH – Clinician Educator

We are pleased to welcome Teena Chopra, MD, MPH, Clinician Educator as a Member of the C Diff Foundation, Co.-Director of the Junior Infection Fighter Program – Infection Prevention Education.

Dr. Chopra is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, at Wayne State University and the Corporate Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship at Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University. Her research interests include Epidemiology of Healthcare-associated Infections, Infection Prevention Antibiotic Stewardship and Immunization.

Dr. Chopra has published over 70 papers in various journals and book chapters. Additionally she has independently reviewed over 50 journal articles, and  has a special interest in studying the epidemiology of infections, including Clostridium difficile and Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms.

C Diff Foundation Welcomes Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed, CIC

We are pleased to welcome Maureen Spencer as a Member of the C Diff Foundation, Co.-Director of the Junior Infection Fighter Program – Infection Prevention Education.

Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed. has been an Infection Preventionist for over 40 years and is 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. In 2012 she was selected as one of the “Who’s Who of Infection Prevention” and in 2017 was recognized as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC) for her advanced practice in infection prevention and leader within the field. She is currently an independent Infection Preventionist Consultant from Boston, MA and offers consulting and lecture presentations.Maureen has published numerous peer-reviewed publications and has presented many abstracts/posters at national conference. She is a national and international speaker on an array of infection prevention and control topics. Her previous positions included Director, Clinical Education at Accelerate Diagnostics, Tucson, AZ; Corporate Director, Infection Prevention for Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, PA; Infection Control Manager at New England Baptist Hospital (an Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Boston) and Director of the Infection Control Unit at Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA.

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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?

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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.