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Probiotics Help for Diarrhea in the Critically Ill

By Nancy Walsh, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
Published: May 25, 2010
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner Earn CME/CE credit
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Critically ill patients given a probiotic preparation along with
enteral nutrition had a 50% reduction in diarrhea, a randomized
Australian trial found.

Compared with a control group receiving standard enteral nutrition,
those who also received the multispecies probiotic VSL#3 had fewer
episodes of liquid stool (incidence rate ratio [IRR] 0.50, 95% CI 0.27
to 0.93, P=0.03), according to Terence J. Frohmader, MCCN, of
Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania, and colleagues.

They also had fewer episodes of liquid and unformed stools (IRR 0.65,
95% CI 0.40 to 1.05, P=0.08), the investigators reported online in the
American Journal of Critical Care.

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