Clostridioides difficile: Sharing Best Practices and Outcomes Achieved

October 5, 2022 1 – 2 PM EST

Pharmacy Continuing Education offered by CT Pharmacist Association

The 2019 CDC Threat Report lists Clostridioides difficile (C.difficile) as an urgent threat. There were an estimated 12,800 deaths due to C.difficile in the US in 2017. C.difficile infection (CDI) affects thousands of people each year; and infections are more common and tend to be more severe in older people. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing puts patients at risk for CDI. More than half of all hospitalized patients might get an antibiotic at some point during their hospital stay, but studies have shown that 30% to 50% of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or incorrect.*
This event will include presentations on the approaches taken by two hospitals (Taylor Regional Hospital and Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic-Saint Francis Hospital) that have improved C.difficile rates with multidisciplinary best practice team Interventions.

Who Should Attend: Nurses, Physicians, Infection Preventionists, Quality and Patient Safety Professionals, Clinical and Hospital Leaders


Megan O’Dell, MBA, BSN-RN
Director of Quality Improvement & Risk Management, Saint Francis Hospital-Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, Wilmington, DE
Megan O’Dell is a registered nurse and Director of Quality & Risk Management at Saint Francis Health. In her director role, Megan provides support for the hospital’s High Reliability Organization, Foundation of Safety, Regulatory Compliance, Serious Safety Event reporting including Root-Causal Analysis, Hospital-Acquired Conditions reporting/review, Oversight of CMS/JC Core Measure Abstractions, Lean Engineering Methodology for analysis and reporting from multiple data elements. She also provides support to Trinity Health’s Regional Quality & Risk Committees, Multi-Specialty Review Committee, Sepsis and Infection Control Committees, among others. Megan also shares her Clinical Expertise through online lecture education as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware.

Chelsea Reynolds, MLS (ASCP)
Laboratory Director, Taylor Regional Hospital, Campbellsville, KY
Chelsea Reynolds is a medical laboratory scientist and Director of Laboratory Operations at Taylor Regional Hospital, her hometown regional hospital in Campbellsville, KY. She graduated from University of Arkansas and has 10 years of clinical laboratory experience. She is working on her Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Cell Science, as well as a Master’s Degree in health administration. Chelsea enjoys working on interdisciplinary team projects to achieve better patient outcomes, advocating for accurate laboratory testing and antibiotic stewardship.

Shannon Davis, RN
Infection Control / Employee Health Director, Taylor Regional Hospital, Campbellsville, KY
Shannon Davis is a registered nurse and the Director of Infection Control / Employee Health for Taylor Regional Hospital, a 90-bed acute care facility in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Shannon worked 17 years in Medical/Surgery, before monitoring hand hygiene sparked her interest in 2016. Little did she know, when she committed to to the Infection Control / Employee Health Position that her decision would be put to the test in early 2020. She values the lessons learned during the last 2½ years, but she’s ready to move beyond COVID. Shannon is dedicated to improving infection prevention practices, thereby improving the quality of care and safety for those we serve.

Amory Scott, PharmD, BCPS
Antibiotic Stewardship Pharmacist, Taylor Regional Hospital, Campbellsville, KY
Amory Scott is a Campbellsville native and 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Amory is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and completed an Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate through the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists. In 2018, Amory joined the pharmacy staff at Taylor Regional Hospital and has worked to develop the Antibiotic Stewardship Program. In addition to stewardship, her interests include inpatient treatment of alcohol withdrawal and medication safety.

The Connecticut Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacists in attendance who complete an evaluation will receive 1 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEU). Statements of credit will be uploaded to CPE monitor on the NABP website, where you can print your credits for your profile.