We are pleased to welcome Denise Graham
to the C Diff Foundation.
Denise Graham, Founder and President of DDG Associates, formerly the Executive Vice President to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) and Epidemiology, led the nation’s public reporting initiative thereby enabling her to work closely with all agencies falling under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her expertise in this arena continues by assisting clients with ongoing changes such as value-based purchasing and guidelines coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
With greater than twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry, Denise has formed key working relationships with numerous leading experts.
Denise comes to the C Diff Foundation as Assistant Public Relations Coordinator to introduce the organization with greater visibility and continued growth in educating and advocating for C.difficile Infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety and support worldwide.
To contact Denise:, please e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Giving Tuesday Is a global day dedicated to giving back.
On Tuesday, November 29th , 2016 Charities, Families, Businesses, Community centers, and Students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influential and founding partners together launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
Remember the C Diff Foundation in your Giving Tuesday efforts. Your gift is tax deductible and it will support patients touched by the life-threatening C. diffiicle infection, their families, communities and the many programs dedicated in Raising C. diff. Awareness by providing information and support — from villages to cities — worldwide.
We appreciate you and all that you do for the good of others.
We are pleased to welcome Ron Romano, RN to the C Diff Foundation Global Network.
Ron Romano, RN presides as Infection Prevention Advocate.
Ron has certifications from the following organizations :
American Association for LTC Nursing – Co-founder Past President – 2007- 2015
American Association for Safe Patient Handling – Board Member 2010-2012
Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology – Current Member
Safety Specialist LTC – Certification – Current
C. difficile Infections are no stranger to Ron as his family members have also been touched by this infection. His background in healthcare and passion for Infection Prevention and Epidemiology is an asset to many. Ron is the Owner, President and CEO of Safety Net LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Safety Net is a national healthcare safety consulting and distribution company providing unique product solutions to mitigate risk associated to infections. We serve acute care hospitals, post-acute and home-care. Our solutions protect our healthcare workers and those under their care.
Ron has also been the Past-President in the following organizations:
American Association for LTC Nursing (AALTCN) 07-15 The AALTCN is a professional organization that supports all levels of caregivers providing career ladder with supporting education, certifications and resources. AALTCN has recently merged with the American Association for Nurse Assessment Coordinators to form the largest professional nursing organization in long term care.
Health Education Network – 07-15, Co-owner – President
Health Education Network is a medical publication company that provides Nursing education for all levels of caregivers on a variety of topics for LTC. Certificate programs are available for Staff Development Coordinators, Nurse Assessment Coordinators, Director of Nursing in LTC, RN and LPN in LTC.
National Association Director of Nursing Administration (NADONA/LTC) Cincinnati, Ohio 01-07
NADONA/LTC is a professional organization representing Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing and Clinical Managers in long-term care. NADONA/LTC has 38 state chapters nationally and internationally in Canada.
We welcomeRon to the C Diff Foundation and appreciate his healthcare background to join us in promoting Infection prevention and C. diff. Awareness worldwide with fellow members
C Diff Foundation’s Volunteer Patient Advocates; Heather Clark and Kimberly Reilly
will be “Raising C. diff. Awareness ” at the following events over the Summer of 2016.
~ Save the dates ~
Lycoming County Fair
1 E. Park St, Hughesville, PA 17737 Saturday, July 16 and Saturday, July 23, 2016
10 am to 10 pm
Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association National Summer Show
(This is the national tractor show where their Father’s tractor will be on display)
3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, NY 14424 Friday, August 12, 2016
* See us in the flea market section of the event; there will be acres of flea market displays
Hours not set, but we will be there all day
“Spring Break” is upon us and it’s the perfect time for a road-trip!
Traveling is one of the most important times to pay close attention to “infection prevention.”
Being prepared can help.
During a recent journey along the east coast, in the USA, a few of the Foundation members had the opportunity to visit an array of public restrooms along the way.
As we are aware, public restrooms can be a challenge and a real eye-opening experience. Many of the facilities fell short in monitoring their supplies along with the monitoring of over-all cleanliness of their restroom.
During the road trip, along various interstates, back roads, and local towns, we began to assess the establishment’s public facilities based on the following criteria:
* Supplies offered.
* Electronic hand drying devices vs traditional supplies.
* Cleaning/Room monitoring log.
As the journey continued the restroom grading system became the topic of conversation discussing the vast ways establishments can maintain a safe, clean, and friendly environment for their visitors. There were also discussions on how a traveler can be prepared by carrying supplies to ensure their own safety when utilizing public facilities.
The following is a list of a few supplies easily kept in a small bag during travel times:
* A small container of liquid soap (preferably one without the anti-bacterial ingredients).
* A few paper towels dampened with bleach or pack a EPA Registered cleaning product to clean the commode and high-touch areas. It is good safety practice to store the paper towels in a sealed plastic container. Other cleaning (Germicidal/Disinfectant) product wipes should remain in their original container or sealed separately in a plastic container. Never mix two cleaning wipes/products together or store in the same container.
* Sheets of T.P. or a small roll.
* Sheets of dry paper towels to turn off water faucets and dry hands.
* Attempt to open the restroom door with an elbow or use a dry paper towel to pull the door handle open in order to keep hands clean and not re-introduce germs onto the hands.
Was there a favorite rest stop/establishment along the way? Yes.
McDonalds restrooms were found to be acceptable and met the needs of the travelers. Their establishments focus on cleanliness, offered an adequate supply of soap with automated towel dispenser or hand dryers, and facility monitoring logs in place. Their organization also displayed signs over the sinks promoting hand hygiene, a public safety announcement for both staff, and visitors.
The public restrooms at rest-stops along I-95 were impressive with their focus on cleanliness, adequately filled soap containers, and hand dryers available in each restroom with the elimination of a main door to enter/exit the facility. Once the hands are washed/dried the reintroduction to harmful germs upon exiting the public area from a door handle is eliminated.
There were a number of unacceptable facilities located in local discount stores, some food stores, food chain eateries, and quick-mart stations. Their sinks were not automated with motion sensors and many with two handles, empty paper towel dispensers and automatic hand drying equipment unavailable. Many restrooms were without cleaning monitoring logs promoting safety and cleanliness to the staff (food handlers), and visitors alike.
We appreciate the availability and use of public restrooms during long commutes, when on vacations, and time away from home. Most establishments offer adequate supplies to eliminate, and prevent the spread of harmful germs, however; it is always best to be prepared. The next time a journey is planned, do not forget to pack the supplies needed for a public restroom visit that will keep you and your family safe.
The journey and hand-washing experiences become part of the adventure. Take the opportunity to report negative experiences to the management and help change a negative into a positive for the next person visiting.
Remember to take that twenty second hand-washing break before exiting a restroom, before/after eating, before/after entering a patient’s room, after changing diapers, before/after handling food, and during the day. Let’s stop giving germs a free ride.
Here’s to everyone’s good health!
Below you will find links available for Public Restroom locators offered by Charmin, one app for an iPhone, and an app for an Android Phone.