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Medical Masks vs N95 Respirators for COVID-19

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04296643
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 5, 2020
Last Update Posted : November 18, 2020
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Vancouver Coastal Health
University of Alberta
Dalhousie University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
McMaster University

Brief Summary:
A randomized controlled trial in which nurses will be randomized to either medical masks or N95 respirators when providing care to patients with COVID-19.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Coronavirus N95 Medical Mask Device: Medical Mask Device: N95 respirator Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
A randomized controlled trial in which nurses will be randomized to either medical masks or N95 respirators when providing medical care to patients with COVID-19. This Canadian multi-centre randomized controlled trial will assess whether medical masks are non-inferior to N95 respirators when nurses provide care involving non-aerosol generating procedures. Nurses will be randomized to either use of a medical mask or to a fit-tested N95 respirator when providing care for patients with febrile respiratory illness. The primary outcome is laboratory confirmed COVID-19 among nurse participants.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 576 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Medical Masks Versus N95 Respirators to Prevent 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Healthcare Workers: A Randomized Trial
Actual Study Start Date : April 1, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 1, 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 1, 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Medical Mask
Medical Mask worn when providing care to patient with febrile respiratory illness
Device: Medical Mask
Medical Mask (known also as Surgical Mask)

Active Comparator: N95 respirator
N95 respirator worn when providing care to patient with febrile respiratory illness
Device: N95 respirator
N95 respirator




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. RT-PCR confirmed COVID-19 infection [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants with RT-PCR confirmed COVID-19 infection


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Acute respiratory illness [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants with acute respiratory illness

  2. Absenteeism [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants with absenteeism

  3. Lower respiratory infection [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants with lower respiratory infection

  4. Pneumonia [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants with pneumonia

  5. ICU admission [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants with ICU admission

  6. Mechanical ventilation [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants needing mechanical ventilation

  7. Death [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Number of participants that died



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nurses who work > 37 hours per week in medical, emergency, pediatric units

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Nurses with one or more comorbidities
  • Nurses who cannot pass an N95 respirator fit-test

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04296643


Contacts
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Contact: Mark Loeb, MD 9053340010 loebm@mcmaster.ca

Locations
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Canada, Alberta
Foothills Medical Centre Recruiting
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4
Contact: John Conly, MD         
Principal Investigator: John Conly, MD         
University of Alberta Hospital Recruiting
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Contact: Stephanie Smith, MD         
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Smith, MD         
Canada, Ontario
Brantford General Hospital Recruiting
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Verne Glavin, MD         
Principal Investigator: Verne Glavin, MD         
Hamilton Health Sciences Recruiting
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Dominik Mertz, MD         
Principal Investigator: Dominik Mertz, MD         
St. Joseph's Healthcare Recruiting
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Zain Chagla, MD         
Principal Investigator: Zain Chagla, MD         
Ottawa Hospital Recruiting
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L6
Contact: Lana Castellucci, MD         
Principal Investigator: Lana Castellucci, MD         
Hopital Montfort Recruiting
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1K 0T2
Contact: Sarah Mansour, MD         
Principal Investigator: Sarah Mansour, MD         
Niagara Health Services Recruiting
St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Karim Ali, MD         
Principal Investigator: Karim Ali, MD         
St. Joe's Unity Health Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Mark Downing, MD         
Principal Investigator: Mark Downing, MD         
St. Mike's Unity Health Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Matthew Muller, MD         
Principal Investigator: Matthew Muller, MD         
Canada, Quebec
Montreal University Health Centre Recruiting
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Contact: Charles Frenette, MD         
Principal Investigator: Charles Frenette, MD         
The Jewish General Hospital Recruiting
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Contact: Leighanne Parkes, MD         
Principal Investigator: Leighanne O Parkes, MD         
Israel
Golden Care LTCF Recruiting
Tzrifin, Israel
Contact: Ilan Youngster, MD         
Principal Investigator: Ilan Youngster, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
McMaster University
Vancouver Coastal Health
University of Alberta
Dalhousie University
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Mark B Loeb McMaster University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: McMaster University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04296643    
Other Study ID Numbers: 20006014
First Posted: March 5, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 18, 2020
Last Verified: March 2020

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Coronavirus Infections
Coronaviridae Infections
Nidovirales Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases