Condition category
Surgery
Date applied
23/03/2007
Date assigned
04/04/2007
Last edited
05/04/2012
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Judith Tanner

ORCID ID

Contact details

De Montfort University
266 London Road
Leicester
LE2 1RQ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)116 2013885
jtanner@dmu.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

To determine if:
1. Using nail picks during surgical hand antisepsis reduces the number of colony forming units (bacteria) on hands
2. Using nail brushes during surgical hand antisepsis reduces the number of colony forming units (bacteria) on hands

Ethics approval

Ethics approval pending as of 4th April 2007.

Study design

Randomised single blinded trial with one control and two intervention groups

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Prevention

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Surgical hand antisepsis (the surgical scrub)

Intervention

Operating room staff performing the first scrub of the day will be randomised to one of the following three groups:
1. Group one (control): standard hand antisepsis - no nail brush, no nail pick
2. Group two (intervention): standard hand antisepsis - with nail brush
3. Group three (intervention): standard hand antisepsis - with nail pick

Intervention type

Procedure/Surgery

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Colony forming units (number of bacteria) on staff hands before and after the intervention (surgical hand antisepsis with or without nail brush or nail pick).

Secondary outcome measures

No secondary outcome measures

Overall trial start date

01/08/2007

Overall trial end date

30/01/2008

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Operating room nursing staff at University Hospitals of Leicester (UK) who are experienced in performing surgical hand antisepsis (scrubbing)
2. Staff performing their first antisepsis of the day
3. Staff with no cuts to their hands

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

150 nurses (50 in each of 3 groups)

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Staff who are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate (antiseptic solution)
2. Staff wearing hand rings
3. Staff with cuts or abrasions on their hands

Recruitment start date

01/08/2007

Recruitment end date

30/01/2008

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

De Montfort University
Leicester
LE2 1RQ
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UK)

Sponsor details

c/o Mr John Hampton
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road
Leicester
LE5 4QF
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.uhl-tr.nhs.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Research organisation

Funder name

Association for Perioperative Practice (UK) (ref: 1032 01/07)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2009 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19162371

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Tanner J, Khan D, Walsh S, Chernova J, Lamont S, Laurent T, Brushes and picks used on nails during the surgical scrub to reduce bacteria: a randomised trial., J. Hosp. Infect., 2009, 71, 3, 234-238, doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2008.11.023.

Additional files

Editorial Notes