From physicians and nurses to administrators and environmental services staff, health care workers are on the front lines of the fight against clostridium difficile infections (CDIs). Next to CDI sufferers and their caregivers, health care workers are the chief witnesses to this terrible epidemic. They are also – as Maryann’s story illustrates – vulnerable to CDIs and other healthcare associated infections. And health care workers are vital allies in our fight to make CDIs rare, treatable and preventable.
Peggy Lillis Foundation (PLF) has and continues to collaborate with health care workers to achieve our shared goal of safe care for all patients. Below are examples of ways in which we can work with you. We also welcome additional ideas from prospective partners.
Please contact us if you have ideas you’d like to share.
PLF’s In Your State database can help you find other health care providers and centers, local regulations, and C. diff advocates.
The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new online series Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use aims to improve antibiotic use in acute, long-term, and ambulatory care settings by enhancing antibiotic stewardship programmatic activities and engaging frontline providers to incorporate stewardship into routine clinical practice using the Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making. PLF contributed to the development of this tool and recommend it for all healthcare workers.
These resources can be used to educate patients, fellow health care workers and other stakeholders. If you’d like printed versions, please contact us. We ask that you cover the cost of printing and shipping. Our materials include:
- C. diff – Know The Facts
- Caring for Someone with C. diff
- Risk Factors and Prevention
- Treatment Options
Presentations and Workshops
PLF leads presentations and workshops for health care workers across the country. Recent partners include the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, KEPRO (Ohio) and the Delmarva Foundation, among others. Our co-founders and national network of advocates offer presentations on a variety of C. diff-related issues including:
- Igniting Citizen and Healthcare Collaboration to Fight C. diff
- Lessons from Peggy’s Story
- Think of Zebras not Horses: The evolving C. diff patient profile
- Effective Policy Advocacy for C. diff Patients: What’s Required?
We can also tailor presentations to meet your learning objectives. Please contact us to discuss.
Clinical Trial Recruitment
PLF has a large and ever-growing base of CDI sufferers, survivors and caregivers committed to the development of new preventatives and treatments. We work with academics and industry to raise awareness of clinical trials nationwide. National trials can be found on our Clinical Trials page with smaller trials searchable through our In Your State database.
If you have a clinical trial under way, please contact us so we can include it.
PLF works on a range of public policy issues related to CDIs, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and other patient safety concerns. We need health care workers to join us in these efforts. To do so, please check out our Take Action page.
Please visit our Tools & Resources page for more.