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Does Gloved Medical Personnel Scratch Less Often?

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00425048
First Posted: January 22, 2007
Last Update Posted: February 10, 2009
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Medical University Innsbruck
January 19, 2007
January 22, 2007
February 10, 2009
January 2007
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Does Gloved Medical Personnel Scratch Less Often?
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Unconscious touching of a person's own head or neck (for example by scratching) is a frequently observed and completely normal physiological movement pattern in humans, which when done by medical personnel attending a patient poses a high risk of unconscious self-contamination, even of an already disinfected hand, and of subsequent contamination of the patient. However, as compared to an ungloved hand, a gloved hand is felt to be "foreign," which could reduce the frequency of self-contact and thus the contamination rate.

Wearing protective gloves is highly recommended in medical practice. The purpose of this study is to explore how wearing, or not wearing, protective gloves affects

  • the frequency of unconscious self-contact
  • contamination of the gloved/ungloved hand
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Observational
Time Perspective: Prospective
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  • Hygiene
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Health Education
Procedure: wearing gloves
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
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December 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Medical students working in a simulated OR environment
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
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Austria
 
 
NCT00425048
A_B_19_01_2007
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Medical University Innsbruck
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Principal Investigator: Arnulf Benzer, MD MUI Innsbruck
Medical University Innsbruck
February 2009