Fecal Microbiota Transplant to Treat Resistant Clostridium difficile Infections

Author(s): Miriam L. Boyle, RN, BSN, Lisa A. Ruth-Sahd, RN, DED, MSN, CEN, CCRN, Zehou Zou, MLS, MED, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2018

Topics: Gastrointestinal, Infectious Disease

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The prevalence of recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection has been steadily increasing since 2000. Consequently, alternative treatments to the standard antibiotic therapies are now being considered. One alternative treatment is fecal microbiota transplant. Although fecal microbiota transplant is relatively new—and not appealing to most people—it has been around for many years and has great promise as an inexpensive, safe, and efficient treatment of refractory and recurrent C difficile infection. With a better understanding of the intricacies of the colonic microbiome and its role in colonic physiology and pathophysiology, critical care nurses will recognize that fecal microbiota transplant has the potential to become the standard of care for treatment of recurrent or refractory C difficile infection. The American College of Gastroenterology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America provide the latest treatment guidelines for care of patients with these clostridial infections.


  • Identify patients at risk for developing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)
  • Describe the role of the critical care nurse to ensure safety when caring for patients with recurrent CDI
  • Discuss the role of fecal microbiota transplant in the treatment of patients with recurrent CDI

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