Newsletter May 2014


Hospital acquired infections, such as MRSAand Clostridium difficile, are often in the news. Over 6%of in-patients acquire some sort of infection whilst in hospital. Those most at risk are adults over 65 and people admitted to surgical wards and intensive care units. One report suggests that up to 40% of hospital acquired infections may well be preventable.

recent study has shown that probiotics may play a role in preventing Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea (CDAD), a common hospital acquired infection that is severely debilitating, but avoidable, especially in those that are vulnerable after surgery/ in recovery. The same study also investigated the role of probiotics in preventing antibiotic induced diarrhoea. The study showed that a mixed strain high dose probiotic supplement reduced incidence of CDAD and duration of both types of diarrhoea as well as reducing secondary endpoints of bloody stools, fever, abdominal cramping, and bloating.

Probiotics have long been known to support gastrointestinal function and many health conditions ranging from Irritable Bowel SyndromeInflammatory Bowel Disorders to supporting the immune system in seasonal allergies. Taking a quality probiotic supplement before, during and * for at least 14 days post hospital stay or antibiotic treatment is yet another way to support gut and immune health.

However, there are many different products on the market. Always look for the following to ensure a premium quality, value for money probiotic supplement:

·         Contains scientifically validated strains.

·         Strains with high potency and proven viability in gastrointestinal tract.

·         Proven potency AT TIME OF CONSUMPTION.

·         Room temperature storage therefore easy to take whilst in hospital and travelling.

·         Hypoallergenic – free from lactose, wheat, nuts and soya.

·         Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

*High dose probiotic supplement should be taken at least 2h away from antibiotic medication.