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Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Nils-Olaf Hübner

ORCID ID

Contact details

Rathenaustr. 49a
Biotechnikum
Greifswald
17489
Germany
nhuebner@uni-greifswald.de

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EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Effectiveness of alcoholic hand disinfectants in a public administration: impact on health and work performance related to acute respiratory symptoms and diarrhoea

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Study hypothesis

Large community studies in Europe and USA have shown that communicable diseases have a great impact on morbidity and lead to millions of lost days at work, school and university each year. Hand disinfection is acknowledged as key element for infection control, but its effect in open, work place settings is unclear. Our study assessed the epidemiological and economical impact of alcoholic hand disinfectants use at work place.

Ethics approval

Ethics Board of the Medical Faculty of the University of Greifswald approved on the 27th January 2010 (ref: BB02/10)

Study design

Prospective controlled intervention-control group design

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Prevention

Patient information sheet

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

Condition

Acute respiratory symptoms, diarrhoea

Intervention

Participants in the intervention group were instructed how to use the hand rub and advised to use it at least five times daily, especially after toilet use, blowing nose, before eating and after contact with ill colleges, customers, and archive material. The hand rub was only used at work, while hand hygiene at home was not changed. Hand hygiene remained unchanged in the control group. During the study, close contact was maintained with all participants.

Every participant was observed for 12 months.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Monthly surveys were sent to participants of both groups collecting data on illness symptoms (common cold, sinusitis, sore throat, fever, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, diarrhoea) and associated absenteeism. Test persons reported illness and absenteeism days per month for each symptom. Appearance of at least one day ill was counted as an illness episode for the current month.

Secondary outcome measures

Participants filled out a post-study survey to assess post-intervention compliance with hand hygiene.

Overall trial start date

01/03/2005

Overall trial end date

01/04/2006

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

We recruited employees from the administration of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald, the municipality of Greifswald and the state of Mecklenburg-Pomerania, for the study. All administrative officers, who do not already apply hand disinfection at work, were considered for participation.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

850

Participant exclusion criteria

Officers who already use alcoholic hand disinfection

Recruitment start date

01/03/2005

Recruitment end date

01/04/2006

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Germany

Trial participating centre

Rathenaustr. 49a
Greifswald
17489
Germany

Sponsor information

Organisation

Bode Chemie GmbH (Germany)

Sponsor details

Melanchthonstrasse 27
Hamburg
22525
Germany
guenter.kampf@bode-chemie.de

Sponsor type

Industry

Website

http://www.bode-chemie.de/

Funders

Funder type

Industry

Funder name

Bode Chemie GmbH (Germany) - provided hand disinfectant free of charge

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

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Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

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