Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Surgical Site Infections

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 9, 2007
Last Update Posted : November 9, 2007
Information provided by:
University Hospital Inselspital, Berne

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease
Surgery Surgical Site Infection Hygiene Discipline Colorectal Surgery

Detailed Description:

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.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 1032 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Intraoperative Hygiene Measures and Rates of Surgical Wound Infection in General Surgery
Study Start Date : July 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2007

Extended hygiene measures
Standard hygiene measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Surgical site infection 30 days postoperative [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Adherence to rules of asepsis by members of the surgical team [ Time Frame: intraoperative ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Consecutive patients undergoing general surgery in university hospital

Inclusion Criteria:

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

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous inclusion into study

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Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery, University hospital, Inselspital
Bern, Switzerland, 3010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
Study Director: Daniel Candinas, MD Department of Visceral and Transplant Surgery

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00555815     History of Changes
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First Posted: November 9, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 9, 2007
Last Verified: November 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Communicable Diseases
Surgical Wound Infection
Wound Infection
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes