Condition category
Infections and Infestations
Date applied
30/09/2005
Date assigned
30/09/2005
Last edited
11/04/2014
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively 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

Ms Sue Roberts

ORCID ID

Contact details

Pathology Department
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital
St Peter's Road
Margate
CT9 4AN
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1843 225544 ex 62305
Sue.roberts@ekht.nhs.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N0514150910

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

To assess the effect of two interventions to promote the use of alcohol hand rub as the routine method for hand hygiene rather than hand washing and to explore reasons for non-compliance through the use of a questionnaire based survey.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Prevention

Patient information sheet

Condition

Hand decontamination

Intervention

The study will involve clinical hospital staff and run concurrently on four surgical wards: an elective orthopaedic ward, an elderly trauma/orthopaedic ward, a male general surgical ward and a female general surgical ward. Surgical wards were chosen as they have been identified as high risk areas for infection in view of the infection susceptibility of patients with wounds and invasive devices, urinary catheters and intravenous infusions.

Each ward would act as its own control and be randomly assigned to an intervention as follows:
1. Ward one intervention - a comprehensive education package on the use of the existing alcohol hand rub.
2. Ward two intervention - a comprehensive education package as above and the provision of personal alcohol hand rub dispensers (same product) (the normal available alcohol hand rub at the end of the bed, wall mounted etc will remain).
3. Ward three intervention - the provision of personal alcohol hand rub dispensers.
4. Ward four - no intervention.

Alcohol hand rub (all presentations) will be monitored throughout the period study (12233 ks) to assess amount used by weighing at set intervals. A wash out period will be allowed at the beginning of the study to allow staff to get used to the fact that alcohol hand rub is being routinely weighed.

In addition, an anonymous questionnaire will be issued to all participants before and after the interventions, including the ward where there is no intervention. The first questionnaire will address the issues of the participants' perceived compliance/product knowledge of alcohol usage at baseline. The second questionnaire will be issued following the interventions, to assess again the same issues. However, the second questionnaire will contain additional questions concerning the experience of using a personal dispenser. The likert scale will be used. All healthcare workers likely to be working on the wards for the duration of the study will be invited to participate.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

To assess whether personal dispensers and/or education improve hand hygiene compliance by measuring alcohol hand rub usage and evaluating the pre- and post- intervention questionnaires.

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

09/08/2004

Overall trial end date

15/11/2004

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. All healthcare workers likely to be working on the ward for the duration of the study will be invited to participate. This will include members of staff such as nurses, medical staff (consultant staff junior doctors) healthcare assistants, ancillary staff eg physiotherapists, occupational therapists. The medical staff participating in the study will either be working as part of the surgical team or the orthopaedic team on the relevant wards, they may also visit patients on other wards but this is likely to be roughly equal for each group participating.
2. Each potential participant will be identified by the ward managers and letter from the researcher inviting them to participate in the study.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

184 participants (in four surgical wards)

Participant exclusion criteria

Not provided at time of registration

Recruitment start date

09/08/2004

Recruitment end date

15/11/2004

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Pathology Department
Margate
CT9 4AN
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Department of Health

Sponsor details

Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7307 2622
dhmail@doh.gsi.org.uk

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.dh.gov.uk/Home/fs/en

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust (UK) NHS R&D Support Funding

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