Alternative treatment for C. difficile

  1. Hello everyone! I'd appreciate your help. When I was on clinical rotation at a nursing home, the nurse told me about an alternative treatment for C. difficile that involved inserting a fecal sample from a spouse or relative into the infected person's GI tract (via NG tube or fecal enema). She said that they see a 10-15% success rate. I know this sounds gross, but even a small success rate beats utilizing the gammet of antibiotics.

    I'd like to write my course paper on this alternative method, but can't really find much in the nursing magazines. The background data has to be from peer journals or other current hospital research within the US.

    Anyone know anything about this, or where I can look?

    THanks!

    changeoflife
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  3. by   dacryocystitis
    I have not heard of this yet!

    Have you looked on OVID? Your school library should have this on the computer system. All you need is the user name and password, and you should also be able to access it from your home computer.

    I always used OVID when looking for research articles and nursing journal articles.
  4. by   JentheRN05
    Try googling fecal transplant therapy. That's what it's called.

    http://www.fecaltransfusionfoundation.org/canadians.php

    That was the first link when I googled it
  5. by   Melilem
    Um, eww. I'm certain I read somewhere that feeding fecal matter to patients was illegal...
  6. by   ginger58
    Search for stool transplant. There was an article in the WA Post and the doc
    doing this was interviewed. Putting his name in a search will bring up some professional papers on it. Medsearch or whatever it's called would also bring up some journal articles. The NG tube is the preferred method because the material has to be introduced higher up in the GI tract.
  7. by   bobo0078
    Quote from ginger58
    Search for stool transplant. There was an article in the WA Post and the doc
    doing this was interviewed. Putting his name in a search will bring up some professional papers on it. Medsearch or whatever it's called would also bring up some journal articles. The NG tube is the preferred method because the material has to be introduced higher up in the GI tract.

    I personally have only seen orders for Flagyll when a patient has C-Diff
  8. by   muffie
    well you learn something new everyday!

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