I have been a fan of OpenBiome (www.OpenBiome.org). Their website provides a nice ~3 minute explanation of Clostridium difficile and the rationale for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). Here’s the link: C diff FMT video
In addition to this video, their website has a lot of information (for families and clinicians) about how to obtain and use safe, screened stool products. Here’s their background information (from their website):
Why we’re here:
We founded OpenBiome, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, after watching a friend and family member suffer through 18 months of C. difficile and 7 rounds of vancomycin before finally receiving a successful, life-changing Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT). The remarkable efficacy of this treatment and the great lengths required to receive it convinced us that we needed to help expand access. After many discussions with local clinicians and the FDA, we launched OpenBiome in 2012 to make FMT faster and easier for patients and doctors alike.
What we do:
We work with clinicians to make FMT easier, cheaper, safer and more widely available. We do so by providing hospitals with screened, filtered, and frozen material ready for clinical use. This service eliminates the time, staff, protocols, and facilities needed to screen and prepare material from new donors for each treatment. With OpenBiome, all that’s needed to deliver FMT is a doctor and an endoscope.
Related blog posts:
- Clostridium difficile Epidemiology | gutsandgrowth
- Clostridium difficile: Colonization vs. Symptomatic Infection …
- OpenBiome -Nation’s 1st Human Stool Bank | gutsandgrowth
- FMT -not quite the new Laser | gutsandgrowth
- Test your knowledge of Clostridium difficile | gutsandgrowth
- Consensus Guidelines on FMT | gutsandgrowth