Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition infections
Treatments hand washing with soap and water, hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub, control
Sponsor National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Collaborator Finnish Defence Forces
Start date January 2012
End date September 2013
Trial size 1120 participants
Trial identifier NCT01887730, THL/81/6.05.00/2012

Summary

In this study the investigators aim to elucidate the possibility to reduce occurrence of infectious diseases in a garrison with enhanced and guided hand hygiene. The investigators will study occurrence and transmission of infections. In addition, the investigators will find out the causative agents of infections in a garrison with virological analyses of naso-pharyngeal and fecal specimens. The costs of lost service days and other expenses due to infectious diseases will be evaluated with a cost analysis study.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (investigator)
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Active Comparator)
Hand washing with soap and water according to instructions. The effect of intervention is assessed by following occurrence of infections.
hand washing with soap and water
Can infections be prevented by hand washing with soap and water
(Placebo Comparator)
No specific advice on hand hygiene. The effect of intervention is assessed by following occurrence of infections.
control
(Active Comparator)
Hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub
hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub
Can infections be prevented by hand cleaning with alcohol-containing hand rub. Effect of intervention is assessed by following occurrence of infections

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Number of infection episodes during basic training period. The periods when a person has been in duty in spite of the infection will be included.
time frame: 8 weeks

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Length of distinct infection episodes due to infectious disease
time frame: 8 weeks
Length of distinct absence episodes due to infectious disease.
time frame: 8 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - willingness to attend to the study Exclusion Criteria: - skin diseases which prevent using hand disinfectants

Additional Information

Official title Can Intensified Hand Hygiene Decrease Morbidity and Lost Service Days in a Garrison
Principal investigator Carita Savolainen-Kopra
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in March 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland.