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Trust Your Gut? A Fecal Transplant Could Change Your Life

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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It’s important for nurses to be knowledgeable about alternative treatment modalities. Fecal Microbial Transplant (FMT) is a well-accepted practice for the treatment of C. diff, however in the U.S. it is still typically used only after multiple rounds of antibiotics have been used, despite the 90% cure rate of FMT compared to the 30% cure rate with antibiotics. This article uses a case study to present how FMT can be used to treat CDI as well as controversy surrounding FMT. It’s an exciting time for microbiome research. There are implications for the use of FMT with colitis, IBS, obesity, depression, autism, cancer and diabetes. This is the first in a series about the gut biome, also known as the microbiome and its impact on our health and well-being. You are reading page 2 of Trust Your Gut? A Fecal Transplant Could Change Your Life. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Tomascz has 3 years experience as a ASN, CNA, RN and specializes in Wound care.

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Thanks for this!! I've been following research on gut microbiota for about the last 10 years. What the public lacks is exposure to reduce social sensitivity as well as education about how their bodies work. I share this stuff on Facebook all the time 😜
Allopathys approach to bacteria is rooted in ignorance as is the general use of antibiotics (hence the resistance to first line use of a treatment for c. Diff which has about a 95% cure rate), among other things. We're organic systems, including our bacteria. There are no "silver bullets" in medicine. You have to treat all living things as systems.
A cursory search on google will get you this:
 https://www.futurity.org/sugar-gut-bacteria-protein-1941482/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5264285/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-tell-their-hosts-what-to-eat/?redirect=1
It's fascinating!

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Hoozdo has 15 years experience as a ADN and specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

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Excellent article Safetynurse!  

20 years ago I had a liver transplant and I got C. Diff. It is sheer misery.....I did a 90 day course of PO Vancomycin for the infection. It worked for me, but the drug is very expensive. 

Yes, I would pick a fecal transplant any day for a treatment. 

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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New report on Fecal Transplant:

FDA Warns of Infections From Fecal Transplants After One Death

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HealthDay News – On Thursday, federal health officials announced that a patient has died after fecal microbiota transplantation, highlighting the potential for severe infections linked to the procedure.

 

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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3 hours ago, sirI said:

I just saw this! What a shame. I'm hoping once they require screening for drug resistance in the donor it can start back up. Thank you for commenting.

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KCMnurse has 33 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN.

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Thanks for sharing this news. As with any promising new therapy, it is critical that we learn about the potential risks as well as the benefits.

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Tomascz has 3 years experience as a ASN, CNA, RN and specializes in Wound care.

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And how many patients have died from untreatable c. Difficile infections?
The patient was immunocompromised and the fecal samples contained antibiotic "wise" bacteria. Was the treatment used as last line or first line? Last line if current standard protocol was followed.
We're still looking at individual strains of bacteria here as the culprits when what we're dealing with is "systems" that we don't really understand very well.

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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28 minutes ago, Tomascz said:

And how many patients have died from untreatable c. Difficile infections?
The patient was immunocompromised and the fecal samples contained antibiotic "wise" bacteria. Was the treatment used as last line or first line? Last line if current standard protocol was followed.
We're still looking at individual strains of bacteria here as the culprits when what we're dealing with is "systems" that we don't really understand very well.

The benefits of FMT may outweigh the risks. There are some who might suggest the FDA is dragging it's feet on FMT due to pressure from drug companies. FMT isn't a drug.... How to make money off of it?? I read about these issues and try to see both sides, but it's easy to see how this might be a factor when I think about how much power drug companies have in this country.

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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On 5/16/2019 at 11:48 PM, Fiona59 said:

My hospital has been doing fecal transplants for over a decade. Donors are screened staff members.  The capsules are used more than the frozen slurry.  I do remember when it was first introduced, the slurry was administered via ng.

No cost to the patient, it’s provided  treatment under universal healthcare 

Fantastic news! Thank you for sharing!

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