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C. difficile Infection (CDI) Prevention, Treatment, Environmental Safety, Research, Clinical Trials Being Discussed with World Topic Experts On September 20th In Atlanta, Georgia USA


September 20th

It is with great pride and certainty in the power of the healthcare community to present the 4th Annual International Raising. C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health Expo

being hosted at the

DoubleTree by Hilton — Atlanta Airport 
3400 Norman Berry Drive
Atlanta,Georgia 30344 USA  (Hotel Phone: 1-404-763-1600)

Doors open at 7:15 a.m — Sign In and Continental Breakfast

Conference begins at: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Raising C. difficile awareness is essential to build upon and advance existing knowledge and necessary for overcoming the challenges our healthcare communities are faced with today.

“None of us can do this alone — All of us can do this together”

Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections in a single year according to a study released February 25, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   C. diff. is a leading cause of infectious disease death worldwide; 29,000 died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis in the USA.   Previous studies indicate that C. diff. has become the most common microbial cause of healthcare-associated infections found in U.S. hospitals driving up costs to $4.8 billion each year in excess health care costs in acute care facilities alone.


Clinical professionals gather for one day to present up-to-date data to expand on the existing knowledge and raise awareness of the urgency focused on a Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) —

    • Prevention
    • Treatments
    • Research
    • Environmental Safety
    • Clinical trials and studies


  • Microbiome research, studies
  • Infection Prevention
  • Fecal Microbiota Restoration and Transplants for Adults & Pediatrics
  • A Panel Of C. diff. Infection Survivors
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Healthcare EXPO
    ……………………and much more.

You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from
International topic experts delivering data directed at evidence-based
prevention, treatments, and environmental safety in the C. diff.
and healthcare community.

Gain insights on September 20th that will not be available anywhere else with an opportunity to receive up-to-date data on major topics in this program being presented in one day.

5 Leading reasons to attend this dynamic conference:

  • Learn from leading healthcare professionals, clinicians, researchers, and industry.
  • Networking opportunities with new and reconnect with those in the healthcare community with similar interests.
  • Gain breakthrough results through research in progress and gaining positive results. Programs focused on Antibiotic-resistance such as the  Antibiotic Stewardship making a difference. Front line developments in progress focused on C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety.
  • Implement and share the knowledge well after the conference ends.  Every attendee receives a booklet with guest speakers information, media to review audio programs, and Health Expo Sponsor information focused on the important agenda topics.
  • Embrace the opportunity, with all of the topic experts presenting, and hold the conference in the highest priority from the participation in this conference to an audience of medical students, and fellow healthcare professionals, who will benefit the most from the data and gain tools to overcome the barriers facing healthcare each day.

“The information and up-to-date studies shared at the 2015 conference added to an existing knowledge base that helps us to continue delivering quality care in the medical community.”   Linda Davis, RN,BSN



$75.00  —  Conference Registration

$30.00  —  Student Conference Registration (Student ID To Be Presented At the Door)

TO REGISTER Click on the “Raising C. diff. Awareness” Ribbon below

Room accommodations are available —  Complete and Confirm 

by August 19th to reserve your hotel reservations.   

To create a reservation please click on the DoubleTree By Hilton Logo below – – – – – –


 A suggested travel coordinator, for your convenience

Michael Beckman — Team Leader,  Liberty Travel, 467 Washington Street, Boston, MA  02111

 For Additional Information visit the C Diff Foundation Website:



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Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children and Teens, as Many as 11.4 Million Each Year

In The News *
As many as 11.4 million antibiotic prescriptions written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of Pediatrics,
Some respiratory infections are viral, which means they won’t be helped by antibiotics. Yet antimicrobial drugs are sometimes prescribed for these viral infections. Researchers did a meta-analysis of studies from 2000 to 2011 that looked at acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI) bacterial prevalence rates. They also analyzed data on children age 18 and younger who were evaluated in ambulatory clinics from 2000 to 2010 to determine estimated antibiotic prescribing rates. Based on the prevalence of bacteria in ear and throat infections, and considering that pneumococcal vaccine is now preventing many bacterial infections, the researchers estimated that 27.4 percent of U.S. children with ARTI have bacterial illness. (This estimate is for infections of the ear, sinus area, throat, or upper respiratory system.) Yet antibiotics are prescribed for about 56.95 percent of ARTI visits. Currently there are no practical tools for clinicians to use to distinguish viral from bacterial illness, other than the rapid strep test for throat infections. The authors note that such tools are urgently needed and, in the meantime, doctors may add this knowledge of bacterial prevalence as a point in their decision-making and in discussing watch-and-wait strategies or other approaches with families.
American Academy of Pediatrics

What is a B.R.A.T. Diet ?

The BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) was once a staple of most pediatricians’ recommendations for children with an upset stomach. The idea was that it gave the gut a chance to rest and reduced the amount of stool produced. Now experts say the BRAT diet may not be the best option for children.

Because BRAT diet foods are low in fiber, protein, and fat, the diet lacks enough nutrition to help a child’s gastrointestinal tract recover. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that kids resume eating a normal, well-balanced diet appropriate for their age within 24 hours of getting sick. That diet should include a mix of fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt, and complex carbohydrates.

Both children and adults need to drink plenty of fluids while they’re sick to prevent Dehydration   Water is good, but adding broth, a sports drink, or a re-hydration solution can help replace lost electrolytes.

Call your health care provider and/or seek medical attention if you or your child experiences any of the following:

  • Diarrhea continues for more than two days
  • Poor Fluid Intake or unable to maintain adequate hydration
  • A temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Reduced urine output
  • Light-headedness
  • No tears or sunken cheeks


Resource:  WebMD

Pediatric C. diff. infections linked with antibiotic use

According to the latest report published by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, it  urges Physicians to improve on prescribing antibiotics, in an outpatient setting, to reduce harm in the pediatric population.

In a new study it showed that 71 percent of the cases of C. difficile infection identified among children aged 1 through 17 years were community-associated—that is, not associated with an overnight stay in a healthcare facility.  By contrast, two-thirds of C. difficile infections in adults are associated with hospital stays.

“Among the community-associated pediatric cases whose parents were interviewed, 73 percent were prescribed antibiotics during the 12 weeks prior to their illness, usually in an outpatient setting such as a doctor’s office.  Most of the children who received antibiotics were being treated for ear, sinus, or upper respiratory infections. Previous studies show that at least 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for children are for respiratory infections, most of which do not require antibiotics.”

A statement from the CDC Director; Dr. Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.,  “Improved antibiotic prescribing is critical to protect the health of our nation’s children,”  “When antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly, our children are needlessly put at risk for health problems including C. difficile infection and dangerous antibiotic resistant infections.”

To read the report in its’ entirety please click on the following link:


Also the published January 2014 study in Pediatrics – Journal of the Academy of Pediatrics