A Randomized Controlled Trial of a School Disinfection and Hand Hygiene Program
The objective of the trial is to assess the impact of a disinfection and hand hygiene program on absenteeism in elementary school classrooms. Students in intervention classrooms will use alcohol-based hand sanitizers at school, and their classrooms will be disinfected using quaternary ammonium wipes. We hypothesize that the use of disinfectants and hand hygiene products in elementary school classrooms will reduce absenteeism.
Other: Alcohol-based hand sanitizer & quaternary ammonium wipes
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||A Randomized Controlled Trial of a School Disinfection and Hand Hygiene Program|
- Absenteeism rate due to gastrointestinal or respiratory illness during the study period. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
- Bacterial colony counts and the presence of selected viruses on classroom surfaces. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2006|
Intervention classrooms received alcohol-based hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
|Other: Alcohol-based hand sanitizer & quaternary ammonium wipes|
No Intervention: 2
No hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes were used.
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Children's Hospital Boston|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||Thomas J Sandora, MD, MPH||Children's Hospital Boston|