Does Gloved Medical Personnel Scratch Less Often?

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 22, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 10, 2009
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Medical University Innsbruck

Brief Summary:

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

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Hygiene Equipment Contamination Health Education Procedure: wearing gloves

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : January 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Medical students working in a simulated OR environment

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00425048

University Hospital
Innsbruck, Austria, 6020
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University Innsbruck
Principal Investigator: Arnulf Benzer, MD MUI Innsbruck Identifier: NCT00425048     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A_B_19_01_2007
First Posted: January 22, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 10, 2009
Last Verified: February 2009