Condition category
Infections and Infestations
Date applied
01/05/2012
Date assigned
15/05/2012
Last edited
14/10/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Stopped
Recruitment status
Stopped

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Computer keyboards in hospital wards are a potential source of cross infection between staff and patients. We helped design and introduce flat keyboards to wards with a cleaning alarm but over time the alarm is neglected. Therefore additional measures to reduce keyboard contamination are needed. This study aims to determine if a moving box on the screen to remind users to clean the keyboard is more effective than the present flashing light or whether a light-activated coating on the keyboard to kill bacteria is effective without any further prompts to cleaning.

Who can participate?
Participants will be the users of the keyboards i.e. medical, nursing and paramedical staff.

What does the study involve?
Patients are not involved. Ten keyboards will have software loaded that gives a moving box on the computer screening when cleaning has not been performed for 12 hours. This can only be turned off by cleaning the keyboards. Another ten keyboards will have a coating that kills bacteria in visible light. All will be measured daily for bacterial counts against control keyboards.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The possible benefits are reduced keyboard contamination and potentially less transmission to patients. The disadvantage would be having to clean the keyboard in order to use the computer.

Where is the study run from?
The study is run from Microbiology department at University College London Hospitals (UCLH).

When is study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study will start on 5th May 2012 and run for up to 3 months.

Who is funding the study?
The study is funded by the Academic Health Sciences Centre and University College London Business (UCLB).

Who is the main contact?
Dr APR Wilson
peter.wilson@uclh.nhs.uk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Peter Wilson

ORCID ID

Contact details

Department of Microbiology & Virology
University College London Hospital
60 Whitfield Street
London
W1T 4EU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 3447 9516
peter.wilson@uclh.nhs.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

v3 9/2/12

Study information

Scientific title

Testing software compliance management of Esterline® Medigenic® Keyboard and assessment of the microbiological efficacy of photolytic keyboards in the clinical ward environment: randomised comparisons with routine manual cleaning

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Using of software to prompt cleaning of the keyboard or addition of a bactercidal coating reduces contamination with hospital pathogens

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Prospective randomised trial

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

Hospital-acquired infection

Intervention

Software installed that shows a box on the screen when keyboard not cleaned for 12 hours and photolytic coating applied to other keyboards that reduces contamination when exposed to standard artificial light. All keyboards will be measured daily for bacterial counts against control keyboards.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Total viable count of bacteria on keyboard surface at fixed time each day during trial

Secondary outcome measures

Number of hospital pathogens [Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), coliforms, enterococci]

Overall trial start date

05/05/2012

Overall trial end date

15/07/2012

Reason abandoned

Lack of staff/facilities/resources

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. No patients
2. Flat Medigenic keyboards on a general surgical ward and critical care unit are included if in the patient area

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

10 keyboards with software, 10 keyboards with bactericidal coating and 20 controls

Participant exclusion criteria

Standard raised key keyboards

Recruitment start date

05/05/2012

Recruitment end date

15/07/2012

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Department of Microbiology & Virology
London
W1T 4EU
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust (UK)

Sponsor details

c/o Mr Philip Diamond
Research & Development
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1P 9LL
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Hospital/treatment centre

Funder name

Academic Health Science Centre - Imperial College London (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

University College London Business (UCLB) (UK)

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

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes