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Members of the Junior Infection Fighters Program Are Introduced to an Infection Prevention Study Lead by Key Healthcare Professionals

During the past months of turbulent times and sheer confusion caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, we look forward to sharing a ray of sunshine whenever possible.

Today we are pleased to share the following published Abstract in the
American Journal of Infection Control by APIC

Engaging Middle School Children in the C Diff Foundation’s Junior Infection Fighters Program

https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(20)30466-1/pdf

Our profound gratitude to:

Teena Chopra, MD, MPH, Co-Director Medical Education Junior Infection Fighters Program

Maureen Spencer, M. Ed, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Co-Director Medical Education Junior Infection Fighters Program

Dayle Skelly, BA, C. diff. Survivor, Director Junior Infection Fighters Program

A stellar example of teamwork in coordinating the study, developing educational material, and introducing the children to educational activities focused on healthy-habits and preventing infections.


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


We express our gratitude and applaud all who have continued to demonstrate their professional skills, leadership, tireless efforts, and unfailing dedication in areas of specialization and even more so during these unprecedented times.

We are more than grateful to those who forge ahead for the sake of others in need seeking medical care and resolution of this life-threatening infection.

Wishing you good health and continued success.

In gratitude,

Nancy
Nancy C Caralla
Founding President, Executive Director

Making a Difference – Innovations in Infection Prevention 2020 Awards

Awards Announcement:

Making a Difference – Innovations in Infection Prevention 2020

C Diff Foundation acknowledges the following organizations “Making a Difference”
In the Infection Prevention community, with their innovative products, services, and
technologies addressing infection prevention.

 

 

 

 

Applied Silver
Innovation: SilvaClean® Technology
SilvaClean chemistry is EPA-approved as a laundry additive with residual activity
against post-laundry contamination.
The SilvaClean system is a dispensing device enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT)
that doses the EPA-approved SilvaClean chemistry onto textiles, leaving fabrics with
residual antimicrobial properties even after laundering (e.g. in storage, during handling
and in use).
http://www.appliedsilver.com/

 

 

 

 

Intellego Technologies
Innovation: UVC Dosimeter
Able to measure specific wavelengths of UVC radiation.
Can be correlated with a log reduction of microbiology samples e.g. MRSA and C. diff.
Proven functionality through hospital testing.
http://intellego-technologies.com/

 

 

 

 

Synexis Biodefense Systems
Innovation: Synexis Microorganism Reduction Systems
Patented Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP) technology uses a building’s ambient humidity
and oxygen to continuously achieve sustainable reduction of microbial challenges from
viruses, bacteria, and mold in the air and on workplace surfaces.
DHP technology is inexpensive, highly scalable, and can be installed standalone or in
existing HVAC systems.
https://synexis.com/

Join Us in November!

Join Us at the 8th Annual International C. diff. Conference and Health EXPO taking
place in Boston, Massachusetts USA on November 12th and 13th, 2020 where we will
present and showcase these prestigious awards to the 2020 “Making a Difference” Innovations In Infection Prevention organizations.

Early Bird Registration is in progress — save over 20% until June 2020.

Congratulations to the organizations dedicated in preventing infections and for
developing products, services, and technology capable to ward off harmful bacteria in
all areas of health care and commercial environments. We are truly grateful for the
innovative measures taken to accomplish this goal.

 

 

C Diff Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, established in 2012, and
comprised of 100% volunteering professionals dedicated at supporting public health
through education and advocating for C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments,
clinical trials, diagnostics, and environmental safety worldwide.

 

(Disclaimer: C Diff Foundation declares no conflict of interest; no funds or influence
were provided to C Diff Foundation by any parties.)

 

C. diff. Awareness Events Scheduled For November

SHOPPING:

Shop Amazon to support the many programs and educational workshops provided by the C Diff Foundation worldwide —

It’s a pleasure to share the new way to give to the C Diff Foundation.  Amazon will share a portion of the proceeds from your purchases with the  C Diff Foundation.  While you are shopping on-line you are also donating, and we are grateful.

Here is how it works:

* Shop Amazon through AmazonSmile     C Diff Foundation

Click on the link below to access the site

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1272728

                        It is as easy as that!

Education:

http://globalcdifficilecongress.org/

The Global C. difficile Congress FREE Webinar will take place on November 11th at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time will broaden existing knowledge surrounding C. difficile infection (CDI)  prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.  The drive and passion takes us forward in promoting the practical and technical advancements taking place across the globe.  Healthcare Professionals from every area of expertise, will discuss the control and  treatment options,  the healthcare perspectives, antibiotic-resistance stewardship programs, and much more to raise awareness and share successful implementations and guidelines.

The Global C. difficile Congress will be eight sessions presented by topic experts  – in four hours – in one day –  with goals to change the C. difficile world with a common focus; To
improve C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety in the healthcare communities worldwide.

Twitter chats and tweets take place in honor of the
Global C. diff. Awareness Campaign From  November 1st throughout the month.

There will be a #CdiffTwitterChat

Join Us on NOVEMBER 18TH at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time with  International Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr. for a real-time Question and Answer Twitter Chat about Clostridium difficile infection and disease. Questions are welcomed from both patients and healthcare providers. Registration is complimentary to all those interested.  Click on the link below for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1411035768914278/

 

VOLUNTEER PATIENT ADVOCATES:

We applaud our Volunteer Patient Advocates around the globe who continue sharing life-saving information from villages to cities organizing meetings during the month of November to reach a little higher, speak a little louder and elevate C. difficile infection awareness, prevention, treatments, and environmental safety for everyone to witness a decrease in C. diff. infections worldwide.  Each Volunteer is a special leaf, on each branch of the growing  C Diff Foundation tree.  Our sincere gratitude to each of our Volunteers worldwide!

Follow the C Diff Foundation on

Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/CdiffFoundationRadio/                                                    Twitter @CDiffFoundation

Pinetrest, and LinkedIn and join the fight and save lives.

Thank you for your support that helps our mission continue moving forward.

Educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety and support worldwide.

Be sure to check back as new events will be added weekly.

Global C. difficile Awareness Campaign Begins November 1st – Are You Ready?

As many people in the healthcare and infectious disease industry are aware,
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections remain a significant problem
in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 250,000 C. difficile infections occur per year that require hospital treatment or affect those already hospitalized. On top of that, each year an estimated 14,000 people die
from C. difficile infection.

The severity of this problem is one reason why I am proud to join the C Diff Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board. The C Diff Foundation is dedicated in educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety products, and support worldwide while providing support for those affected by a
C. difficile infection , raiseis awareness about the problem and works to help healthcare
providers, facilities, patients and their families implement preventative measures worldwide.

Please join me and the C Diff Foundation in celebrating the 4th annual worldwide month long campaign  “Raising C. difficile Awareness ” starting Nov. 1st to increase awareness of this life-threatening infection, and spread the word about C. difficile prevention, treatment and environmental safety.

C. difficile infections are preventable, so healthcare facilities need to focus on the following strategies (adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help protect their patients, staff and visitors from infection:

C. difficile Prevention Tips:

  1. Antibiotic Stewardship – Prescribe and use antibiotics carefully. Unnecessary use can raise infection risks.
  2. Test – If a patient has diarrhea while on antibiotics or after taking them, order a C. difficile test right away to confirm whether he/she is infected.
  3. Isolation Precautions – Immediately isolate patients with confirmed
    cases of C. difficile or who are exhibiting symptoms (e.g., diarrhea).
  4. Personal Protective Equipment – Always perform hand hygiene with soap and water before and after contact with infected individuals. Wear gloves and gowns when treating C. difficile patients and ensure that staff uses them properly to avoid cross-contamination risks.
  5. Environmental Decontamination – Clean the facility, especially rooms of patients with      C.  difficile, with bleach or another EPA-registered spore-killing disinfectant. Make sure you follow manufacturers’ instructions for dilution and contact time, the length of time the surface needs to remain wet for the product to work. Also consider supplementing standard terminal cleaning with an ultraviolet (UV-C) system.
  6. Alert – If a patient with C. difficile transfers, notify the new facility of their condition so they can take the proper precautionary measures.

To download a free infographic poster on preventing C. difficile facility wide, visit: http://www.cloroxprofessional.com/industry/health/knowledge-expertise/cdiffinfographic/

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C Diff Foundation Global Network Welcomes Ron Romano, RN

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 welcome Ron 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

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