Bacterial Contamination of Anaesthetists' Hands by Personal Mobile Phones Used in the Operating Theatre

This study has been completed.
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First received: December 27, 2006
Last updated: February 9, 2009
Last verified: February 2009

The use of mobile phones in the operating room (OR) has become widespread, because of the lack of reports on serious problems. Since mobile phones are used in close body contact and since, as for most non-medical electronic equipment, there are no cleaning guidelines that meet hospital standards, the hygiene risk involved in using mobile phones in the OR has not yet been determined.

Environmental Microbiology
Equipment Contamination
Personnel, Hospital

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by Medical University Innsbruck:

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: November 2007

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Anaesthetist working in the OR
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00416936

University Hospital Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria, 6020
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University Innsbruck
Principal Investigator: Arnulf Benzer, MD Medical University Innsbruck
Study Director: Arnulf Benzer, MD Medical University Innsbruck