Faecal Transplants – Nurse Education Update

Faecal Transplants – Nurse Education Update

Just the thought of receiving a faecal transplant can initiate a sickening feeling in many; however as we know there are benefits from this procedure. If you have cared for clients who have suffered the effects of Clostridium difficile infection you will appreciate the ongoing difficulties experienced from a comfort and lifestyle perspective.  I came across the enclosed article published in the Ochsner Journal and it does provide some thought provoking and interesting information.

“Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) accounts for 20%-30% of cases of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and is the most commonly recognized cause of infectious diarrhoea in healthcare settings. The incidence of CDI is rising, while the effectiveness of antibiotics for treatment decreases with recurrent episodes.

Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has been documented in the medical literature since 1958, when 4 patients were given faecal enemas in addition to antimicrobial treatment. All 4 patients demonstrated resolution of symptoms within 48 hours. The efficacy of FMT for confirmed recurrent CDI was documented in 1983.

Worldwide cure rates of CDI with faecal transplantation are around 93%.”

The authors of the article identify that  FMT appears to be effective in high-risk populations, including patients with severe or complicated disease, immunosuppressed patients, and elderly patients.

The Nurses for Nurses Network has a great range of Nursing Education and Nursing activities related to Wound Care including Webinars, Webinar Recordings, Quizzes and downloads that are free with membership. The sessions are focused on Nurses who need to know about managing wounds  in the ‘real world’ where Nurses are often time poor and resource limited!

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