Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Fighting occurrences of C. difficile on WIHI

Madge Kaplan writes:
The next WIHI broadcast — All Hands on Deck to Reduce C. difficile — will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 2 to 3 PM ET, and I hope you'll tune in.

Our guests will include:
  • Dale Gerding, MD, Professor of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Research Physician, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
  • Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality, Scottish Government
  • Alan Whippy, MD, Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Permanente Medical Group, Northern California
  • Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
What was your reaction when you heard the news that Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infected far more people in 2011 than first reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine at the end of February, the CDC updated its own prior calculations to report that the burden of infection in 2011 was 80% higher than previously stated. In total an estimated 453,000 people were afflicted with C. diff in 2011; C. diff was a factor in some 29,000 deaths.

Our reaction here at IHI was, among other things, to schedule a WIHI and to touch down with some people who can help us make sense of the numbers and the health care and community settings contributing to them. And, more importantly, to check in on where progress is being made to reduce instances of C. diff and where much more aggressive work needs to be done. While there are indications that hospital-onset C. diff is declining in the US, no one is satisfied with the pace of change.

So, please join us for the April 9 WIHI: All Hands on Deck to Reduce C. difficile. WIHI host Madge Kaplan has assembled a solid panel, starting with Dale Gerding, who will walk us through the latest epidemiological research on C. diff: proven reduction strategies, ongoing challenges with antibiotic stewardship, and where trend lines are moving in the right direction. Jason Leitch is going to give us the view from the UK, and Scotland in particular, where concerted interventions have led to an 82% decline in cases of C. diff in hospitals among people over 65. And Alan Whippy will tell us about important work at Kaiser Permanente, where significant progress has been made, too, and adherence to best practices is crucial so problems can’t creep back in. And, IHI’s Don Goldmann will help us appreciate why it’s important to stay focused on acute-care settings, even as we grow to appreciate the value of prevention and detection of c. diff across the continuum of care and the community.

Please join us on April 9You can enroll for the broadcast here. We'd also appreciate it if you would spread the word about the show via Twitter.

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