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Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Surgical Site Infections

This study has been completed.
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University Hospital Inselspital, Berne Identifier:
First received: November 8, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: November 2007
History: No changes posted
Surgical site infections are associated with high morbidity and cost Hypothesis: Extended intraoperative hygiene measures decrease surgical site infections in general surgery compared to standard hygiene measures.

Surgery Surgical Site Infection Hygiene Discipline Colorectal Surgery

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Rates of Surgical Wound Infection in General Surgery

Further study details as provided by University Hospital Inselspital, Berne:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Surgical site infection 30 days postoperative [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adherence to rules of asepsis by members of the surgical team [ Time Frame: intraoperative ]

Enrollment: 1032
Study Start Date: July 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2007
Extended hygiene measures
Standard hygiene measures

Detailed Description:

Intraoperatively two types of hygiene measures were performed randomly: standard and extensive. Standard hygiene measures included empiric accepted measures (e.g. gloves, masks, disinfection). Extensive hygiene measures included among others: double gloving, astro caps, extensive disinfection, extensive intraoperative rinsing. In addition, intraoperative adherence to the rules of asepsis were registered by an independent observer.

Patients were followed for 30 days.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Consecutive patients undergoing general surgery in university hospital

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient undergoing surgical operation in one of two assigned operative theaters. Only initial operations are studied

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous inclusion into study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00555815

Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery, University hospital, Inselspital
Bern, Switzerland, 3010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
Study Director: Daniel Candinas, MD Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00555815     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers:
Study First Received: November 8, 2007
Last Updated: November 8, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Communicable Diseases
Surgical Wound Infection
Wound Infection
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes processed this record on September 20, 2017