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Bacterial Contamination of Workwear

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01192841
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 1, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 1, 2010
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Governmental agencies in the United Kingdom and Scotland have recently instituted guidelines banning physicians' white coats and wearing of long-sleeved garments to decrease hospital transmission of bacteria. The purpose of this study is to compare the bacterial contamination of physicians' white coats with that of newly laundered, standardized short-sleeved uniforms after an eight-hour workday and to determine the rate at which bacterial contamination of the uniform ensues. Our hypothesis was that the physician white coat would have more bacterial contamination at the end of the work day.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Bacterial Contamination of Physician Attire Other: Physician uniform

Detailed Description:
Governmental agencies in the United Kingdom and Scotland have recently instituted guidelines banning physicians' white coats and wearing of long-sleeved garments to decrease nosocomial transmission of bacteria. Our goal was to compare the degree of bacterial and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination of physicians' white coats with that of newly laundered, standardized short-sleeved uniforms after an eight-hour workday and to determine the rate at which bacterial contamination of the uniform ensues. 100 interns, residents, and hospitalists on an internal medicine service were randomized to wear either physician white coat or newly laundered, short-sleeved uniform. Bacterial colony counts and the frequency with which methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was found was compared in the two groups and over time. Our initial hypothesis was that physician white coats would have more bacterial contamination at the end of the work day.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 110 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Physician Dress Code And Microbial Colonization Of The White Coat: Does Physician Dress Code Alter Bacterial Colonization Rate On The Clothing Of Physicians?
Study Start Date : April 2008
Primary Completion Date : November 2009
Study Completion Date : November 2009
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: White coat group
Participants continued their regular practice of wearing their physician white coat.
Experimental: Uniform group
Participants were given a clean uniform (scrubs) at the beginning of the day.
Other: Physician uniform
Participants were given a clean uniform (scrubs) on the day of the study. They wore this for approximately 8 hours.


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Bacterial colony counts and the frequency with which methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was found over time [ Time Frame: 8 hours ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Internal medicine interns, residents, and hospitalists working on acute medicine ward service.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not willing/unable to participate in study
  • Not working a full 8 hour day in the hospital
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Colorado
Denver Health
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80204
Sponsors and Collaborators
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Marisha Burden, MD Denver Health and Housing Authority
More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Marisha Burden, MD, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01192841     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-1137
First Posted: September 1, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 1, 2010
Last Verified: August 2010

Keywords provided by Denver Health and Hospital Authority:
physician uniform
MRSA
bacterial contamination