Frequent use of antibiotics has been shown to greatly increase the risk of C. difficile infection; the CDC reports that the infection nearly doubled between 2001 and 2010. Finding a way to prevent C. diff is a very important and difficult challenge that health-care providers face every day.

In a blog posted on Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, Dr. Nicole Shen shares how her team at New York Presbyterian, NY, discovered that probiotics could possibly be a highly effective solution in the prevention of C. diff. Their review and meta-analysis found that patients taking probiotics were half as likely to develop C. diff compared to those not on a probiotic.

Dr. Shen presented data from the study “The use of probiotics for the prevention of Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) in hospitalized adults receiving antibiotics: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” abstract 661, on Monday, May 23, at 2:45 p.m. PT.