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ICE C. diff webinars and regional workshops are co-hosted by IDPH and Telligen, the Illinois Quality Improvement Organization. 


Promising Methods for Prevention and Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infections
Clifford McDonald, M.D.; William Trick, M.D.
Registration flyer
First session: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT
Repeat session: No repeat session scheduled

Implementing a Process of Improvement to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infections
Erica Abu-Ghallous, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.; Ronda Sinkowitz-Cochran, M.P.H. 
Presentation slides (PDF - 4MB) 
First session: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Repeat session: No repeat session scheduled

Cleaning the Healthcare Environment to Prevent Clostridium difficile Transmission
Curtis Donskey, M.D. 
Presentation slides (PDF - 11.6MB) 
First session: May 30, 2012, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Repeat session: May 31, 2012, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Improving Quality of Care for Clostridium difficile Infection: Why a Better Test Means Better Care
Jorge Parada, M.D.
Presentation slides (PDF) 
First session: April 17, 2012, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Repeat session: April 25, 2012, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Towards Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections in Illinois: A Collaborative Effort
Erica Abu-Ghallous, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.; Debbie Camacho, R.N., M.A. 
Presentation slides (PDF) 
First session: March 13, 2012, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Repeat session: March 16, 2012, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Regional Workshops

Held in July 2012, these 1-day workshops focused on how to implement successful strategies to prevent Clostridium difficile infections. Hospitals and long term care facilities were asked to try to send a multidisciplinary team with representation including, but not limited to, environmental services, infection prevention, nursing or nursing administration, laboratory, and quality improvement. Long term care facilities were also encouraged to include the medical director and a Certified Nursing Assistant. Read the August campaign update for workshop highlights.

The following workshop materials are available:
Registration brochure
Speaker biographies


Disclaimer: The opinions, viewpoints, and content in these presentations may not represent the position of the Illinois Department of Public Health or any of its related programs or Telligen.

Towards Eliminating Clostridium difficile Infections in Illinois
Robert Weinstein, M.D.Philip Carling, M.D.

Bridging the Gap: Improving Transitions of Care Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Deborah Burdsall, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., C.I.C.; Judith Conway, R.N., C.I.C.; Michelle Stuercke, B.S.N., M.P.A., D.N.

The Healthcare Environment: Evaluating Cleaning Practices and Improving Compliance
Philip Carling, M.D.Becky Miller, M.D.

Testing and Symptom Based Approach to CDI Control: Essentials for Nursing, Infections Prevention, and Laboratory Personnel
Kathy Aureden, M.S., M.T., S.I., C.I.C.; Pamela Bierbaum, R.N., B.S.N., C.I.C.; Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, R.N., M.B.A., C.I.C.; Marcy McGinnis, R.N., B.S.N., C.N.O.R.; Karen Trimberger, R.N., M.P.H., N.E.-B.C., C.I.C.

Preventing C. diff in the Long Term Care Setting
Stephanie Black, M.D., M.Sc.; Deborah Burdsall, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., C.I.C.; Tracy Durns, R.N., B.S.N.; Michelle Stuercke, B.S.N., M.P.A., D.N.

In Highlight: Shining a spotlight on efforts to eliminate Clostridium difficile in Illinois

In Highlight provides a platform for health care facilities and local health departments across the state to share stories on their implementation of C. diff prevention activities. Use the submission template if you would like to share your story. Please note that submission of a story does not guarantee inclusion in In Highlight.

March 2012
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Long-Term Care Roundtable
DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) Demonstration Project