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My Story: When the Signs of Sepsis are Missed

Amy Widener

Guest Author: Amy Widener Sepsis survivor March 13, 2013, my body went into septic shock. January 12, 2013, I ran the Disney half marathon. At 38, I was in the best shape of my life. One week later I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. I made my way to Read More >

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What You Should Know about Hand Hygiene

Author: L. Clifford McDonald Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The science is clear: clean hands can protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections. Yet, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.1 CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Read More >

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C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support Program

C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS)

Guest Author: Nancy Caralla Executive Director of C Diff Foundation C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S. A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, Read More >

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The Cost of Sepsis

Jim O’Brien Vice President of Quality and Patient SafetyOhio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital

Guest Author: Jim O’Brien Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital I am biased about sepsis, but I will try to put that aside and present an argument for why people who have day jobs like me – hospital administrators – should focus on improving sepsis care today. I am Read More >

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C. diff survivor and advocate shares her story

Nancy C Caralla

Guest Author: Nancy C Caralla Founding Executive Director, President of the C Diff Foundation. My name is Nancy Caralla, and I know all too much about Clostridium difficile (C. diff).  I am a nurse and contracted C. diff while caring for patients suffering from this horrible infection. Now, I am a C. diff survivor. Tragically, Read More >

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