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Effectiveness of Dental Brushing for Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (RASPALL)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2009 by Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII de Tarragona..
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII de Tarragona. Identifier:
First received: February 11, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: February 2009
History: No changes posted
Poor oral hygiene is associated with respiratory pathogen colonization and secondary lung infection.The possible association between oral care and incidence of VAP, and the role of dental plaque, mouth and tracheal colonization have not been firmly established. The investigators' hypothesis was that improving oral care with electrical toothbrushing might be effective in reducing the incidence of VAP.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Nosocomial Pneumonia
Procedure: Toothbrushing
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Effectiveness of Dental Brushing for Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

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Further study details as provided by Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII de Tarragona.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) [ Time Frame: 28 days ]

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: May 2005
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Raspall Procedure: Toothbrushing
No Intervention: Control


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult intubated patients
  • Without evidence of pulmonary infection (randomized within 12h of intubation if they were expected to remain ventilated for longer than 48 hours)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Absence of dental pieces
  • Current diagnosis of pneumonia or massive bronchoaspiration
  • Tracheostomy (or expected within 48 hours)
  • Chlorhexidine allergy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00842478

Contact: Angel Pobo, MD 34 977 295818

ICU, Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII Recruiting
Tarragona, Spain, 43005
Contact: Angel Pobo, MD    34 977295818   
Sub-Investigator: Angel Pobo, MD         
Principal Investigator: Jordi Rello, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII de Tarragona.
Principal Investigator: Jordi Rello, MD, PhD Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Jordi Rello, Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII Identifier: NCT00842478     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FIS 06/0060
Study First Received: February 11, 2009
Last Updated: February 11, 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Cross Infection
Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury
Lung Injury processed this record on May 22, 2017