Hand Hygiene Intervention Study in Finnish Garrison (VirusFight)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified June 2013 by National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Finnish Defence Forces
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Merja Roivainen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01887730
First received: June 19, 2013
Last updated: June 24, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
  Purpose

In this study the investigators aim to elucidate the possibility to reduce occurrence of infectious diseases in a garrison with enhanced and guided hand hygiene. The investigators will study occurrence and transmission of infections. In addition, the investigators will find out the causative agents of infections in a garrison with virological analyses of naso-pharyngeal and fecal specimens. The costs of lost service days and other expenses due to infectious diseases will be evaluated with a cost analysis study.


Condition Intervention
Infections
Behavioral: Hand washing with soap and water
Behavioral: Hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Can Intensified Hand Hygiene Decrease Morbidity and Lost Service Days in a Garrison

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Further study details as provided by National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of infection episodes during basic training period. The periods when a person has been in duty in spite of the infection will be included. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Length of distinct infection episodes due to infectious disease [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Length of distinct absence episodes due to infectious disease. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1200
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: arm 2
Hand washing with soap and water according to instructions. The effect of intervention is assessed by following occurrence of infections.
Behavioral: Hand washing with soap and water
Can infections be prevented by hand washing with soap and water
Placebo Comparator: arm 0
No specific advice on hand hygiene. The effect of intervention is assessed by following occurrence of infections.
Active Comparator: Arm 3
Hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub
Behavioral: Hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub
Can infections be prevented by hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub. Effect of intervention is assessed by following occurrence of infections

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • willingness to attend to the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • skin diseases which prevent using hand disinfectants
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01887730

Contacts
Contact: Merja Jormanainen-Ylijoki, nurse +358 29 9581 813 merja.jormanainen-ylijoki@mil.fi

Locations
Finland
Vekaranjärvi garrison Recruiting
Kouvola, Finland, 46140
Contact: Merja Jormanainen- Ylijoki, nurse       merja.jormanainen-ylijoki@mil.fi   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Finnish Defence Forces
Investigators
Study Director: Merja Roivainen, Adjunct prof National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Merja Roivainen, Chief Specialist, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01887730     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: THL/81/6.05.00/2012
Study First Received: June 19, 2013
Last Updated: June 24, 2013
Health Authority: Finland: National Institute for Health and Welfare
Finland: Defence Forces

Keywords provided by National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland:
Hand Hygiene
Communicable Diseases
Prevention

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 15, 2014