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Dr Hudson Garrett, Jr Is Elected Chairman Of the Education Committee Of the C Diff Foundation

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hudson Garrett, Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP, CSRN, VA-BC, CDONA,FACONA,DON-CLTC™ , C-NAC™ , PLNC  has been elected  to
Chairman of the Education Committee of the C Diff Foundation.

 

Dr. Garrett will be overseeing, and developing the Foundation’s volunteer patient advocate (VPA) program, healthcare workshops and programs for both patients and clinicians.  As a member of the Foundation’s Research and Development committee, Dr. Garrett provided great support.

Dr. Garrett is aiding in the development of patient and clinician focused C.diff. Spores and More Global Broadcasting Network episodes and discussing  leading healthcare
topics — as our global listeners span across 56 countries and counting.

Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the VP, Clinical Affairs for PDI, Inc. and NIce-Pak, and is responsible for the global Clinical Affairs program and also the Medical Science Liaison program for all divisions within the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and Nursing, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Post-Masters Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control and a PhD in Healthcare Administration and Policy. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, and the CDC Fundamentals of Healthcare Epidemiology program, and is board certified in family practice, critical care, vascular assess, moderate sedation, legal nurse consulting, and a director of nursing in long term care.  Dr. Garrett is also a Fellow in the Academy of National Associations of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care.

Dr. Garrett currently serves on the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Pediatric Subcommittee, as President of the Board of Directors, for the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, is the past Education Chair for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Professionals In Infection Control and Epidemiology Board of Directors, a National Faculty Member for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, President of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society, the Industry Liaison for the Board of Directors for the Association for the Healthcare Environment, a member of the Clinical Practices Advisory Committee for the Association for Vascular Access, and a past member of the Recommended Practices Advisory Board for the Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses. In addition, Dr. Garrett received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2011 in recognition for his advancement of critical care nursing and infection prevention.

He also serves as the Industry Liaison for the Assoc. for the Healthcare Environment Board of Directors, is the lead faculty member for the Assoc. for the Healthcare Environment’s Online Certificate Program in the Essentials of Infection Prevention for Environmental Services Professionals, two time nominee for the Assoc. for Vascular Access Herbst Award, served as a reviewer for the 2013 Best Practices in Adult Peripheral Vascular Access Resource Guide for the Assoc. of Vascular Access, currently the second author for the second revision of the Assoc. for Vascular Access Pediatric Special Interest Organization Guidelines which is scheduled to be released in 2015, also an author for the AVA CVC Best Practices Resource guide. He was also recognized as a 2013 “Who’s who in Infection Prevention and Control” by Infection Control Magazine.

Dr. Garrett has published in many publications including Infection Control Today, Managing Infection Control, Provider, The Assisted Living Journal, and in the American Journal of Long Term Care, American Journal of Critical Care, and also in several Mosby Saunders medical textbooks to name a few.

He is currently an active member of many professional organizations including:
Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Association for the Healthcare Environment, the Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America, Infectious Disease Society of America, Association for Vascular Access, Infusion Nurses Society, American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Assoc. for Peri-operative Registered Nurses, American Medical Directors Assoc., American Assoc. of Moderate Sedation Nurses, American College of Healthcare Executives, Nat’l Assoc. of Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care, American Assoc. for Long Term Care Nursing, American Assoc. of Nurse Assessment Coordinators, and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Hudson Garrett is passionate about delivering unsurpassed material and provides excellent support on every level. We are fortunate to have Dr. Hudson Garrett, Jr. leading the Foundation’s Education Committee.  Please join us in congratulating him on his new, well-deserved position.

 

Nancy C. Caralla, Founder, Executive Director
With the C Diff Foundation Board of Directors, Chairpersons and Committee Members

C Diff Foundation’s “Raising C.diff Awareness” Continuing Education Workshop Launched in Community Colleges

cdiffhandwashingbreakpostercdiffInfControl Healthcare Professionals, employed in all areas of healthcare, attended the first “Raising C. diff. Awareness” Continuing Education class being offered in allied health at the Community Colleges.

Attendees learned about C. difficile prevention, treatments, and environmental safety.

ShelbyTeachingThe class learned how to prevent contamination with the opportunity to practice safe infection control techniques, discuss the physical, psychological, social, and financial impact this infection causes to a patient, families, and healthcare industry and how to prevent infections in their everyday practices.

Congratulations to all the attendees of “Raising C. diff. Awareness” Continuing Education Workshop – Spring Class 2015!  Each attendee learned something new today and each has a voice – Now is the time to take the knowledge and continue raising C. diff. awareness in every area of practice.  Each student joins us in the shared goal~  to witness a decrease in newly diagnosed   C. diff. infections worldwide.

Thank you to all who attended this workshop and it was a pleasure to provide you with valid information for C. diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety.

“None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this together!”

 

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Taught by:
Nancy Caralla, Founding Executive Director C Diff Foundation,
Shelby Lassiter, RN, BSN, CPHQ, CIC, Consulting Infection Preventionist for C Diff Foundation
Karen Factor, RD, MBA, Chairperson Nutrition and Wellness C Diff Foundation
Angelo Ortiz, Treasurer, C Diff Foundation
Linda Davis, RN, BSN, Community Nurse for C Diff Foundation

Continuing Education through Durham Community Colleges

C Diff Foundation Promoting C. difficile Prevention and Awareness to Witness a Decrease in C. difficile Infections Worldwide

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.

 

SHOPPING:

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.

Click on the link below to access their site.

https://smile.amazon.com/

Sign into your Amazon Account with ID and Password.  Scroll down past the default chosen Charity and at the following option

Or pick your own charitable organization:________  

Type in  C Diff Foundation and press Enter

C Diff Foundation Inc (About)
Specifically Named Diseases             New Prt Rchy, FL
Click the SELECT button

It is as easy as that!

Education:

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 Center West,
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.

worldaroundCDF 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.

C. difficile infection, C Diff Foundation’s “Raising C Diff Awareness” program offered

It is with great pleasure to share the news that the C Diff Foundation’s, “Raising C Diff Awareness” program is being offered to over 500 facilities and 1,000 members of the Florida Health Care Association.  On-site scheduling is in progress and can be arranged by contacting the C Diff Foundation office toll free at:

1 – 844 – FORCDIF

Established in 1954, Florida Health Care Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014. FHCA is a federation representing over 1,000 members and over 500 facilities which provide skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. FHCA membership also includes more than 400 Associate Members, or companies, that provide valuable products and services to long term care providers.

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FHCA is the state affiliate of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living in Washington, DC. Governed by a Board of Directors, the mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development and financial stability of its members. FHCA maintains reimbursement, regulatory, clinical and media/public relations experts on staff and makes its legal, business and labor consultants available to all members. FHCA members benefit from a strong, unified presence in the state Capitol, quality improvement and survey support, up-to-date information and continuing education opportunities. Together, these member services work to support member providers and assist the interests of government, the greater health care community and the general public.

To become a member or for additional FHCA information please visit their website:

http://www.fhca.org