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A Randomized Controlled Trial of a School Disinfection and Hand Hygiene Program

This study has been completed.
Study funds provided by The Clorox Company
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Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 9, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: August 2007
History: No changes posted
The objective of the trial is to assess the impact of a disinfection and hand hygiene program on absenteeism in elementary school classrooms. Students in intervention classrooms will use alcohol-based hand sanitizers at school, and their classrooms will be disinfected using quaternary ammonium wipes. We hypothesize that the use of disinfectants and hand hygiene products in elementary school classrooms will reduce absenteeism.

Condition Intervention
Respiratory Infections
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Other: Alcohol-based hand sanitizer & quaternary ammonium wipes

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a School Disinfection and Hand Hygiene Program

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Further study details as provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Absenteeism rate due to gastrointestinal or respiratory illness during the study period. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Bacterial colony counts and the presence of selected viruses on classroom surfaces. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Enrollment: 285
Study Start Date: March 2006
Study Completion Date: May 2006
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Intervention classrooms received alcohol-based hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
Other: Alcohol-based hand sanitizer & quaternary ammonium wipes
No Intervention: 2
No hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes were used.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Member of a designated elementary school classroom in the Avon school system
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00514670

United States, Massachusetts
Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children’s Hospital
Study funds provided by The Clorox Company
Principal Investigator: Thomas J Sandora, MD, MPH Boston Children’s Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00514670     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-01-0014 
Study First Received: August 9, 2007
Last Updated: August 9, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:
Prevention of gastrointestinal and respiratory illness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Hand Sanitizers
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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