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Hand Cleansing

At UVA, we’re committed to keeping our patients safe by preventing the spread of infection. Cleansing our hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is important to reduce infections.

All healthcare providers and support staff must cleanse their hands before entering and after exiting a patient’s room.

We measure how often caregivers and staff properly cleanse their hands in inpatient units, procedure areas and outpatient clinics. Procedure areas include operating rooms, radiology and other areas where caregivers perform procedures for patients.


UVA team members cleanse their hands before entering and after exiting patient care areas. A higher number is better.

Measured on a quarterly (three-month) basis. Data as of Sept. 30, 2015.

How We Measure Up

The resources below compare quality indicators at different hospitals across the country.