Does Gloved Medical Personnel Scratch Less Often?

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Medical University Innsbruck Identifier:
First received: January 19, 2007
Last updated: February 9, 2009
Last verified: February 2009

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 Intervention
Equipment Contamination
Health Education
Procedure: wearing gloves

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

Further study details as provided by Medical University Innsbruck:

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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: NCT00425048

University Hospital
Innsbruck, Austria, 6020
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University Innsbruck
Principal Investigator: Arnulf Benzer, MD MUI Innsbruck
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00425048     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A_B_19_01_2007 
Study First Received: January 19, 2007
Last Updated: February 9, 2009
Health Authority: Austria: Ethikkommission processed this record on February 10, 2016