Let’s begin promoting C. difficile prevention and begin witnessing a shared goal in a decrease in newly diagnosed C.difficile infections worldwide.
HAND-WASHING remains the number one prevention. Follow the hand washing procedures to ensure proper and effective technique:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
When is it a good time for a hand-washing (hand hygiene) break?
Before, during, and after preparing food, Before eating food,Before and after patient care, Before and after treating a cut or wound, Before exiting a restroom, After a diaper change, After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, After petting a pet or any livestock animals, After touching garbage, AND OFTEN.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommends infection prevention protocols be shared between healthcare professionals and long-term facility administrators for the safety of the patient, visitors, and other patient’s safety.
Question the necessity of antibiotics to treat symptoms. Unnecessary use of antibiotics raises the risk of acquiring a C. difficile infection. Remember antibiotics do not effect viruses. Healthcare professionals; confirming a bacterial infection before prescribing antibiotic course of treatment is advised.
Testing: When a patient presents symptoms (diarrhea with abdominal cramping/pain, fatigue, fever) ordering a C. difficile stool test to rule out a C. diff. infection is beneficial, especially if the patient has been treated with antibiotics within ninety-days.
Environmental Safety: Disinfecting a patient’s room, treated for a positive C. difficile infection, with a bleach or Federal EPA registered spore-killing product will help eliminate C. difficile spores from being spread to another patient’s room. Environmental safety is also an important matter in home-care. Cleaning all high-touch areas in both long-term and acute care facilities, and home environments will help decrease the spread of this infection. (High-touch surfaces: light switches, door knobs/handles, bed-side commodes, bathroom hand rails, commode, sink and sink handles, counter-tops, floors, bath-tubs, showers, canes, wheel-chairs, and all medical equipment in a patient’s room).
Person Protection: Visitors and Environmental professionals, wear proper personal protection equipment when treating and cleaning areas/rooms of a C. difficile patient. (gloves, gowns, shoe coverings, protective eye wear if using using spray solutions).
Patient Isolation: Protect the patient and others by keeping a C. difficile patient in isolation in long-term and acute care facilities. This will prevent the spread of infection to others and other areas within the facilities.
Communication: If a patient is being transferred from either a long-term or acute care facility, communicate to the facility intake personnel the patient’s C. diff. infection and necessary infection control protocols to be implemented for the patient and other patient’s safety.
The CDC has been sharing public announcements regarding the use of Antibiotics for both healthcare professionals and patients alike. Colds, Ear and Sinus symptoms may be caused by a virus, not bacteria. Taking antibiotics to treat a virus makes antibiotic medications less effective when they are needed while raising the risk of acquiring a C. difficile infection. Limit the use of Antibiotics to reduce the risk of acquiring a C. difficile infection (Bacterial infections and the treatment of symptoms will be determined and should be followed by the treating healthcare professionals). * 2015 Get Smart Week is November 16-22.
join the CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign.
None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this TOGETHER!
2015 International Raising C. diff. Awareness Conference & Health EXPO
Boston, MA, USA
8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
Join us at our 3rd annual International Raising C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health EXPO on November 9th as world-renown Healthcare Professionals, Researchers, and Infection Preventionists come together to share the latest data pertaining to C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, clinical trials, environmental safety products, Microbiome research, Healthcare-Associated Infections and much, much more…………
Double Tree Suites Hotel – Boston – Cambridge 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134 USA 1-617-783-0090 For Hotel Accommodations * * There are rooms available for Sunday evening and being offered at a special event rate for guests of the C Diff Foundation. Please inform the DoubleTree representative at the time of creating a reservation to receive the special event room rate.
Registration Fee: $75.00
Student Fee: $50.00
Registration includes the following: Admission to all presentations, formal and informal Q&A sessions, introductions to fellow healthcare professionals, continental breakfast, a plated luncheon with a choice of main entree (chicken or beef) and beverages. access to the Health EXPO exhibits, a conference book containing sponsor information, educational DVD, and a formal conference program.
For Tickets and Registration CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO ACCESS THE REGISTRATION PAGE:
Key Speaker and Conference Chair: Professor Mark Wilcox, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Leeds Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, UK. Professor Mark Wilcox is a Consultant Microbiologist, Head of Microbiology and Academic Lead of Pathology at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds, and is the Lead on Clostridium difficile for the Public Health England. He has formerly been the Director of Infection Prevention, Infection Control Doctor and Clinical Director of Pathology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
Dr. John Bartlett, MD; Assistant Professor Medicine, UCLA/Sepulveda Veterans Admin Hospital 1972-5, Associate Professor and Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, 1975-80, Professor of Medicine and Chair Division of Infectious Diseases Division, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1980 – 2006; Professor of Medicine, 2006 – 13; Professor of Medicine emeritus, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2013.Dominant research interests: anaerobic infections and pulmonary infections 1968 – 74; community acquired pneumonia and diagnostic methods, 1974-1980; Bowel prep for elective colon surgery; Protected bronchoscopy brush catheter-1977; Clostridium difficile 1977 – 84, HIV 1983 – 2014; bioterrorism 1999 –2004; Clostridium difficile infection, HIV/AIDS and antibiotic resistance 2006-2013 with Major current interests: Clostridium difficile infection, HIV infection, antibiotic resistance, careers in infectious diseases.
Professor Simon M. Cutting, is a bacterial geneticist with over 25 years of experience with Bacillus since graduating from Oxford University with a D. Phil in 1986. His work on Bacillus probiotics provides another area of research interests and he was the first to address the fundamental mechanisms that might enable these bacteria to promote potential health benefits. Presentation Topic: CDVAX in the prevention of C. difficile infection.”
Dr. Clifford McDonald, MD, Currently the Chief of the Prevention and Response Branch in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Dr. McDonald graduated from Northwestern University Medical School, completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University, and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of South Alabama, following which he completed a fellowship in Medical Microbiology at Duke University. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications with his main interests in the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, especially Clostridium difficile infections, and the prevention of antimicrobial resistance. Dr. McDonald’s Presentation Topic: “Clostridium difficile disinfecting and spores.”
Barley Chironda, Manager of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and Medical Device Reprocessing Device at St. Joseph Health Centre in Toronto, Canada. He is certified in Infection prevention and control (CIC TM) and has worked extensively as an Infection Preventionist. Barely has been an integral to the successful decline in Clostridium difficile infections through implementing innovative technology and quality improvement behavioral changes. Barley’s presentation will show a behind the scenes account of the C. diff. management from the healthcare facilities perspective while providing a call to action.
Dr. Patricia Pietrobon, Ph.D. , Associate Vice President, Research & Development Sanofi Pasteur has over 25 years of experience in the Vaccine & Diagnostic industries and more then 20 years in leadership roles focusing on research & development of new vaccines. Patricia began her career in diagnostic assay development with a focus on validation and quality alignment to regulatory requirements and GXPs. Patricia has been with Sanofi Pasteur for over 25 years and has contributed to the development and licensure of new bacterial & viral vaccines for pediatric & adult populations worldwide. Sanofi Pasteur
Dr. Martha Clokie, PhD, Leicester UK, Professor in Microbiology. Dr. Cloakie’s research focuses on phages that infect bacterial pathogens of medical relevance and has published 41 papers in this area. Her major focus has been on Clostridium difficile where she has isolated a large phage collection. In vitro and in vivo data has shown that the viruses have therapeutic potential. A patent has been filed on these phages and working with AmpliPhi to develop a product. Dr. Cloakie has regular contact with the BBC and other media to talk about her work, and other phage projects, and has consulted with Science museum, London and Eden Project, UK to advise on bacteriophage displays.
Professor Nancy Sheridan, a C. diff. Survivor and Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a winner of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Sheridan will share her personal experience being treated for a painful and extended journey with a C. diff. infection (CDI). Professor Sheridan has been teaching since fall 2000 in the Fashion Merchandising Management Department within the School of Business and Technology. For the past seven years, she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School to undergraduate and MBA students.
Dr Mel Thomson, PhD, completed her Honors degree in microbiology and immunology at the University of Melbourne . She then immigrated to the UK where she worked on various projects as diverse as allergy and cancer before undertaking further studies. She completed a Masters of Research in functional genomics before reading for a PhD in microbial genetic regulation in Neisseria species, both at University of York, UK. After the award of her PhD, Dr Thomson became interested the host-pathogen interactions at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, UK. Dr Thomson returned to Australia in 2011 to start her own research group studying host-pathogen interactions in the GI tract, at Deakin Medical School. A passionate science communicator, she has recently become a national ‘torch bearer’ for the concept of crowd funding academic research, which a track record of three successful ‘Pozible’ crowd funding campaigns, ‘Mighty Maggots’, ‘Hips 4 Hipsters’ and ‘No more Poo Taboo’
+ many more……….
NOTE: *Presentations are not to be recorded audio or video or published without the presenters written and signed permission to do so by each attendee seeking publication of said presentations.
We look forward to meeting you in Boston, Massachusetts on November 9th
The goal of the NC Get Smart Campaign is to reach all 100 North Carolina counties’ public and provider audiences with the CDC Get Smart Antimicrobial awareness message. Antimicrobial drugs are lifesavers and a vital resource to be preserved. The overuse of antibiotics has led to increased resistance of known infections. The NC Get Smart Campaign for NC begins on November 17, 2014 and completes on June 30, 2015.
This webpage contains resources that you can utilize to promote awareness of antimicrobial drug overuse.
November is C. difficile Infection Awareness Month! Join us in the fight by participating in a variety of events that let you support the cause while doing the things you love to do. Here’s a listing of many ways the C Diff Foundation is spreading awareness with ways to prevent acquiring this infection while raising funds.
Take the Antibiotic “Resistance Fighter” Pledge
How to be a resistance fighter? Limit the use of Antibiotics! Understand that antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and not viruses: colds, flu and most coughs are caused by viruses and will get better on their own. Treat your flu and cold symptoms and let your immune system fight the virus. Antibiotics will not help you get better quickly, and may give you side effects such as diarrhea and thrush. They can also lead to acquired C. diff. infections. They won’t stop your virus spreading to other people only YOU can do that with good hand hygiene. Don’t ask for antibiotics , instead ask your doctor about the best way to treat your symptoms. If you are prescribed antibiotics ask your doctor about the risks and benefits and always take them exactly as prescribed. Never take someone else’s antibiotics, always speak with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or healthcare professional when symptoms linger or worsen.
Let us all take the “Resistance Fighter” Pledge and feel free to share the pledge with everyone you know:
I will not expect antibiotics for colds and flu as they have no effect on viruses.
I will take antibiotics as directed IF I am prescribed them, and not ask for them.
I will practice good hygiene, making hand washing #1, and help stop giving germs a free ride.
Now we can ALL spread knowledge, not infections and encourage others to join the fight against antibiotic resistance.
“Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” CDC Campaign :
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week has been an annual effort to coordinate the work of CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. The campaign organized its first annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week in 2008. CDC’s Get Smart campaign, housed in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, collaborated with state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns and non-profit and for-profit partners. The success of the pilot year was measured by 1) dissemination of educational materials and messages, 2) partner satisfaction, and 3) media interest. A robust evaluation of the pilot week determined that each of these goals was met and exceeded. This was followed by other successful Get Smart About Antibiotics Week observances.
During November 17-23, 2014, the annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be observed. As in past years, the effort will coordinate work of CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. As with the past observances, messages and resources for improving antibiotic use in healthcare settings from CDC’s Get Smart for Healthcare campaign will be included. Get Smart for Healthcare is a program housed in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
Ask your physician questions such as, “Do I really need an antibiotic?”
Bacteria only, not viruses (common cold, flu), can be killed by antibiotics.
Complete the entire course of prescribed antibiotics, even if you feel better midway through.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacterial changes reduce or eliminate an antibiotic’s ability to kill the bacteria.
The Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recommends the following:
Take antibiotics only and exactly as instructed by your healthcare provider.
Only take antibiotics prescribed for you.
Do not save or share antibiotics prescribed to you.
Do not pressure your healthcare provider to prescribe you antibiotics.
Shop Amazon to Give to the C Diff Foundation
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 and select C Diff Foundation as your charity.
2nd Annual “Raising C. difficile infection and Hospital-Associated Infections (HAI’s) Awareness” Conference on November 4th, 2014 at 8:00 am. The event will be hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student CenterWest, 828 S. Wolcott Avenue, M. M. Thompson Room – C, Chicago, IL 60612
Twitter chats and daily tweets in honor of Raising C. difficile infection Awareness Week From November 1st through November 7th.
CDF Volunteers continue sharing information within their communities, and organizing Fundraisers during the month of November to raise C. difficile infection awareness, prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide. Each Volunteer is a special leaf, on each branch of this growing Foundation tree. Our sincere gratitude to every one of our Volunteers!!
Follow the C Diff Foundation on Facebook, Twitter @CDiffFoundation, Pinetrest, and LinkedIn and join the fight.
Thank you for your support that helps our mission continue moving forward. Educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.
Be sure to check our C Diff Foundation page often as new events are added weekly.