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Improving the health system through handwashing

Sarah Jones

Infection Prevention and Control Team with Island Health

This summer, UVic biology and psychologystudent Sarah Jones hasn’t been afraid to get her hands dirty. As a hand hygiene ambassador for Island Health, the co-operative education (co-op) student has been working to promote and analyze hand hygiene processes here in Greater Victoria.

Jones is part of the Infection Prevention and Control team, which has been working to improve patients’ quality of care and to support healthcare workers. So far, she has performed close to 1,500 hand hygiene observations at three different Island Health sites.

“Co-op students like Sarah bring fresh technological and communication skills from their university courses,” says Benjamin Shaw, who works as an infection control consultant with Island Health. “Their enthusiasm and innovative perspective has helped us improve patient safety.”

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