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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
November 8, 2007
November 8, 2007
July 2005
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Surgical site infection 30 days postoperative [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
Same as current
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Adherence to rules of asepsis by members of the surgical team [ Time Frame: intraoperative ]
Same as current
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Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Surgical Site Infections
Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Rates of Surgical Wound Infection in General Surgery
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.

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.

Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Non-Probability Sample
Consecutive patients undergoing general surgery in university hospital
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Site Infection
  • Hygiene
  • Discipline
  • Colorectal Surgery
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  • 1
    Extended hygiene measures
  • 2
    Standard hygiene measures
Beldi G, Bisch-Knaden S, Banz V, Mühlemann K, Candinas D. Impact of intraoperative behavior on surgical site infections. Am J Surg. 2009 Aug;198(2):157-62. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2008.09.023. Epub 2009 Mar 12.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
January 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

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

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous inclusion into study
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Child, Adult, Senior
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University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
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Study Director: Daniel Candinas, MD Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery
University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
November 2007

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