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A randomized crossover study of disposable thermometers for prevention of Clostridium difficile and other nosocomial infections.



Key Questions Addressed
3 Key Question 3 - Prevention interventions
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Title A randomized crossover study of disposable thermometers for prevention of Clostridium difficile and other nosocomial infections.
Author Jernigan JA., Siegman-Igra Y., Guerrant RC., Farr BM.
Country University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville 22908, USA.
Year 1998
Numbers Pubmed ID: 9702571

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Extraction Form: Key Question 2 - Prevention interventions (Table 4)
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Country USA
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Study Design Crossover RCT
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Population Hospital patients admitted to 20 nursing units
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Category of Intervention Transmission Interruption - Disposable Thermometers
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Intervention Disposable thermometers versus electronic thermometers
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Outcome Rate of nosocomial CDI
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Findings CDI rates were reduced 44% (95% CI, 21 to 93) with disposable thermometers compared with electronic thermometers. Rates of nosocomial diarrhea or nosocomial infections did not differ significantly between the two groups.
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Quality Issues Two wards elected not to use disposable thermometers
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