Evidence-based recommendations on faecal microbiota transplant for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. This involves introducing enteric bacteria from the faeces of healthy donors to restore a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.

November 2019: The US Food and Drug Administration has advised that stool donors for faecal microbiota transplantation should be screened with questions that specifically address risk factors for colonisation with multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), and individuals at higher risk of colonisation with MDROs should be excluded as donors. In addition, donor stool should be specifically tested for MDROs and not used if positive.

Guidance development process

How we develop NICE interventional procedures guidance

Coding and clinical classification codes for this guidance.

This guidance has been partially updated by NICE’s antimicrobial prescribing guideline on Clostridioides difficile.

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, and specifically any special arrangements relating to the introduction of new interventional procedures. The guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties. Providers should ensure that governance structures are in place to review, authorise and monitor the introduction of new devices and procedures.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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