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C. diff. and Healthcare-Associated Infections Discussed Live on C. diff. Radio

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C Diff Foundation, Sponsor, with Founder            Nancy C. Caralla, Executive Director and               Dr. Chandrabali Ghose, Chairperson of the Research and Development Community will be broadcasting live on Tuesdays delivering the most up-to-date information pertaining to a leading super-bug/ Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI),  C. difficile, with additional HAI’s, and a variety of related healthcare topics.

Topic experts will be joining your hosts to discuss prevention, treatments, clinical trials, and environmental safety products on a global level.

Tune in Tuesdays beginning March 3rd at 11 AM Pacific Time (2 PM Eastern Time, 7 PM UK) on the VoiceAmerica network  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2441/c-diff-spores-and-more

 

Hand Washing aka Hand Hygiene While On a Journey

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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:

* Cleanliness.

* 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. 

http://www.charmin.com/find-public-restrooms.aspx?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Charmin_Search_Desktop_Lifestyle_SoS+App&utm_term=restroom%20app&utm_content=SvExifYv_restroom%20app_p_2095916800&sctp=ppc&scvn=bing&scsrc=bing_search&sckw=na

* App For iPhone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/restroom-bathroom-toilet-finder/id311896604?mt=8

* App For Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bto.toilet

Hand Hygiene & Safety Tips When Traveling

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The holiday season brings a wealth of travelers to the roadways, railways and the sky. 

When traveling by Car –  and planning on traveling a long distance remember the following:

Make sure the vehicle is in good mechanical shape for the trip. Try to have a mechanic check belts, hoses, and look for any worn parts before heading out on the roadway.  Registering with a Auto Club can add money saving benefits, too.
Begin the trip with a full tank of gas, check the tire pressure and fill up on wiper fluid before you set out.
Wear seat belts.
Never drink and drive. ALWAYS have a designated driver.
Be well-rested and alert for the trip.  
Follow all road signs and use caution in work zones.
Avoid distractions like eating, loud music and cell phones – utilize rest-stops along the way.
Observe all speed limits.

Make frequent stops and rotate drivers during long trips. When feeling tired, stop and get some rest.

Be respectful of other motorists.
Don’t follow too closely behind other vehicles.
Make sure the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows are clean before you set out.
Turn on your headlights as dusk approaches.
If you have car trouble, pull off to the side of the road, engage hazard lights, and call for help.
Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle at all times. This should include water, snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra cash, jumper cables, small tools, flares, blankets and anything else that would be essential for you if you became temporarily stranded.

When Traveling by Train, Bus or Plane:

When traveling with a large number of people by mass transit additional safety precautions must be taken. Remember to protect yourself against the seasonal FLU. Being vaccinated against the FLU is an option. Speak to your healthcare provider about receiving a FLU vaccination.  if you have been in close contact with someone who has a cold or FLU – it may be in your best interest to consider postponing the trip.

Everything someone touches has been touched by someone else. Handle your own belongings as much as possible, rather than having others handle your things. WASH HANDS OFTEN with soap and water x twenty seconds before/after eating, before exiting the restrooms, before/after diaper changes, after visiting gift shops and/or shopping and whenever possible.
Carry anti-bacterial/germicidal wipes and use them to wipe hands and rub down surfaces like armrests and tabletops. 
If possible – try to bring your own pillows and blankets.
If you have to cough or sneeze please use a tissue, turn away from others, use the inner part of your arm to prevent spreading germs
Always try to avoid touching your face and eyes

Have a safe and pleasant journey and STAY SAFE

Texas A&M Biologist Fights Deadly Gut Bacteria, C. diff

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There is so much to learn and “digest” in the world of bacteria, one particular, Clostridium difficile (aka:  C. diff).  In today’s news a Texas A&M Biologist, Joseph Sorg, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology since 2010, is among a wave of younger researchers studying   C. difficile (aka C. diff).

An excerpt from the article referenced:

“What we’re interested in doing is trying to develop an inhibitor as a potential drug,” Sorg said. “If you inhibit the process of germination, you would completely inhibit the disease.”

Sorg and his research group will be working on the recent two-year, $275,000 National Institutes of Health grant with Sonenshein and Yoav Golan, a clinician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The goal of the trio’s research is to understand the bile acid composition of various human populations — healthy people, those who have C. difficile, and those who have recurring C. difficile infection — in order to develop drugs with the potential to inhibit C. difficile infection. The human fecal samples will be collected at Tufts Medical Center and shipped to Texas A&M, where Sorg will use his $80,000 portion of the grant funding to analyze the bile acid composition of the blind samples.

“The microbial flora in a healthy person metabolizes bile acids into secondary bile acids, and these secondary bile acids are actually toxic to C. diff growth,” Sorg said. “One of the ways we think that microbial flora inhibits C. diff infection is this metabolism. And when you go on antibiotics, the microbial flora that does this metabolism is obliterated. This NIH grant will allow us to correlate a particular bile acid profile with susceptibility to C. diff infection.”

New medications in Phase III, new studies, additional scientific data being collected are all positive steps forward.

However; constant reminders and maintaining the primary prevention accomplished through hand washing (hand hygiene) guidelines, and protocols, reducing antibiotic use when treating viruses vs bacterial infections, and utilizing  room disinfectants, and EPA Registered c. diff sporicide products will prove positive reductions in new cases of  C. diff. and other major hospital associated infections worldwide.

To read more about Joseph Sorg and his research group please click on the following link:    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/tau-tab082913.php

 

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Hand Hygiene Portable Sinks & Outdoor Portable Washing Stations

Making the difference; Raising C. diff. awareness to every professional,  in every industry. Having the ability to wash hands and STOP the spread of harmful germs is an important matter.  The information provided regarding Outdoor Portable Washing Stations offered by portablehandwashing.com  is one option for professionals worldwide to combat the spreading of harmful germs while working in environments where running water is unattainable.  

The Portable Handwashing company has given permission to share their site for information and options available to maintain hand hygiene and to aid in keeping workers safe.  

http://www.portablehandwashing.com/

Hand washing; Stop giving C diff, and other harmful germs, a free ride!

Outdoor Portable Sinks & Outdoor Portable Handwash Stations

Find the biggest selection of outdoor portable handwashing sinks from the industry’s top manufacturers including PolyJohn and Ozark River at PortableHandwashing.com. Mobile outdoor portable hand wash stations are perfect for commercial catering and food service applications, agriculture, construction work sites, festivals, farmers markets, and any other locations where outdoor handwashing is needed. Ozark River Nature Series outdoor portable sinks feature hot water operation and a high-density polyethylene construction with an all stainless steel top and basin. These high quality durable outdoor portable sinks are NSF certified and a great option for bringing hot water to hand washing outdoors. PolyJohn portable handwashing sinks come in many different sizes and styles perfect for all types of outdoor events.
The classic PolyJohn PSW1-1000 model has been the industry standard for many years and is very easy to transport featuring a built-in handle and lightweight rubber tread wheels. Both Ozark River and PolyJohn outdoor sinks from PortableHandwashing.com comply with hand washing codes and regulations and are shipped fully assembledImage