Occasionally, you get a chance to make a difference in someone’s life – by donating blood. Blood banks were created to serve as a platform to educate and encourage populations all over the world to donate blood. As a result, people are donating blood more regularly.
But do people see donating faecal material as the same thing?
A 2019 study by Taylor & Francis Group found that there was a direct link between those participants who were already blood donors, with 20% of donors successfully passing all of the criteria to donate stool samples. The study found that the figure for successful non-blood donors was around 12%.
What is faecal donation?
Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is enabled with a faecal donation, alternatively known as stool donation. Scientific studies have shown that FMT is one of the novel treatments for persistent and recurrent C. deff Infection.Furthermore, it has many positive effects on digestive health as well as other conditions.
C. diff can happen when non-pathogenic microorganisms in your system are destroyed. FMT has been proven to be highly effective when treating patients with CDI, and is associated with higher cure and lower recurrence rates than antibiotics.
The FMT products are manufactured by extracting non-pathogenic microorganisms from the whole human stool and screened.This is then quarantined minimum of 3 months and maximum of 6 months to ensure there are no slow showing pathogenic microorganisms or conditions present that can be passed on to the patient.
Once the faecal sample has been approved through screening and released, the FMT treatment can take place in an approved clinic or hospital, specifically set up to perform FMT with experienced practitioners.
Who might need FMT implants?
Faecal Microbiota Transplant could be a beneficial procedure for people who have repeated C. diff infections that may cause inflammation in their colon or colitis.
There may also be people who suffer from a range of chronic digestive issues that don’t seem to be reducing over time or being resolved by other treatments that could benefit from FMT; Bloating, constipation, abdominal pain,food intolerances etc.
There are scientific studies conducted to evaluate the efficacy of FMT for people suffering from conditions ranging from IBS, Alzheimer’s, food intolerances and depression.
Who is a good FMT donor?
At Taymount Clinic, Donors are fully screened and tested before being accepted. Then, their donations are screened 22 different most common pathogens in the stool. In addition, the donor is extensively tested for diseases and conditions.
The refined materials are then quarantined between a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 6 months at -80°C to confirm there are no slow non-pathogenic microorganisms.
By choosing an approved clinic, like the Taymount Clinic, your FMT implant will come from a variety of donations, up to 10 to deliver a diverse range of microbiome.
A suitable donor is a healthy adult who:
- Age between 18 to 50 years old
- Has not had antibiotics for minimum of 3 years
- Has a healthy immune system
- No history of long term illness
- No personal history of autoimmune disorders
- Body mass index in healthy range
Recently, more donors are coming on board to support those with digestive conditions. As FMT becomes a more widely recognised treatment for a wide range of conditions, our aim is to raise awareness on the importance of stool donation.
The fascinating world of the human microbiome is slowly but surely gaining a foothold as a serious component in delivering health, and this is not just good news for Taymount Clinic and the FMT industry, but for everyone.
Find out more about FMT treatment by visiting our website: www.taymount.com
The Taymount Team
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