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Faecal Transplants: what are they and how do they work?

Liz Blamire

8th September 2022

Last week NICE recommended the use of faecal transplants for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. But what are they and how do they work?

The BBC reported on this recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) last week - Faecal transplants recommended for Clostridium difficile. Scientists and health professionals have actually been researching, working on and doing faecal transplants for years but this is the first time that NICE have recommended their use for C. Diff infections.

NICE is responsible for deciding which treatments should be routinely used within the NHS, based on a complex decision-making process which considers factors such as the benefits, risks and costs of treatment.

Below are three great videos to help you understand what faecal transplants are and how they work.

Liz Blamire

Liz is the current tutor2u subject lead for Health and Social Care. She is a former NHS midwife, who has worked in community, birth centre and acute hospital settings. Liz is an SSAT Accredited Lead Practitioner, who has taught Health and Social Care in FE and secondary schools, where she was a successful HOD. Liz is an experienced senior examiner and author.

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