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Antimicrobial Coated Sutures in Paediatric Surgery

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Marjo Renko, University of Oulu Identifier:
First received: October 12, 2010
Last updated: February 5, 2015
Last verified: February 2015

The purpose of this study is to determine if suture material coated by antimicrobial agent triclosan would decrease the incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) in paediatric surgery compared to ordinary sutures.

1500 children (age form 4 weeks to 18 years) coming for general pediatric surgery to the Oulu University Hospital are randomised to have sutures coated with triclosan (Vicryl Plus, Monocryl Plus) or ordinary sutures. The occurrence of SSIs is monitored by email questionnaires to the parents on days 10 and 30. The diagnosis of SSIs are made along CDC criteria.

Condition Intervention
Wound Infections
Other: Triclosane
Other: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Antimicrobial Coated Sutures in Paediatric Surgery

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Further study details as provided by University of Oulu:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • occurrence of surgical site infections [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Enrollment: 1635
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: January 2015
Primary Completion Date: January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Triclosane
triclosan coated suture material
Other: Triclosane
Triclosane coated suture material
Other Name: Vicryl plus
Active Comparator: Control
ordinary suture material
Other: Control
Ordinary suture material
Other Name: Vicryl

Detailed Description:

We have now (spring 2014) recruited almost 1500 patients to the study. When reviewing the recruited material, we found out that the study suture material has been used in 83% of the recruited patients. The reasons for this have been clinical issue during the operation where melting suture material may not have been needed at all.

We have decided to prolong recruiting so that we would gather the calculated sample size of 1500 of patient with study suture material. This will take 12-18 months (probably till autumn 2015).


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • any general surgery during childhood where melting sutures will be used

Exclusion Criteria:

  • wound infection as a cause for surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01220700

Oulu University Hospital/ Paediatric Surgery
Oulu, Finland, 90230
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oulu
Principal Investigator: Marjo Renko, MD, PhD University of Oulu, Department of Paediatrics
Study Chair: Terhi Tapiainen, MD, PhD University of Oulu, Deparment of Paediatrics
Study Chair: Willy Serlo, prof University of Oulu, Deparment of Peadiatric Surgery
Study Director: Matti Uhari, prof University of Oulu, Department of Paediatrics
Study Chair: Juha-Jaakko Sinikumpu, MD University of Oulu, Department of Paediatric Surgery
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Marjo Renko, docent, University of Oulu Identifier: NCT01220700     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Triclosan
Study First Received: October 12, 2010
Last Updated: February 5, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wound Infection
Wounds and Injuries
Anti-Infective Agents processed this record on May 22, 2017