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Did you know that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect 1.7 million patients each year in the U.S.—that's 5-10% of hospitalizations—and account for about 99,000 deaths? HAIs can be acquired at any healthcare facility, including dental facilities, and they add nearly $20 billion to healthcare costs annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Being a dental professional means doing your part in preventing HAI transmission. Following proper hand hygiene techniques is the most important and least expensive way to do this, but on average only 40% of all healthcare workers practice it. Some reasons for this include:

  • Heavy workloads
  • Hand irritation
  • Sinks are poorly located
  • Lack of soap, paper, towel
  • Hands don’t look dirty
Easy, critical ways to observe proper hand hygiene and reduce the spread of infections include:
  • Reminding co-workers to wash and dry hands
  • Changing gloves as necessary and then washing and drying hands
  • Disinfecting equipment touched with gloves or hands
  • Using proper techniques for specimen collection
  • Using touchless systems that eliminate common contact surfaces
  • Using disposables such as personal wash cloths and towels
Healthful Hint:

To reduce risk of cross-contamination from touching door knobs or faucet handles, use paper towels after your hands are dried to open doors or turn off water taps, or take advantage of touchless systems.

CDC/HICPAC. Draft Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. John M. Boyce, MD: Didier Pittet, MD, MS; the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA 2001. Hand Hygiene Task Force; and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee.

How do our products help promote hygiene and infection control?

SofPull® Automated Towel Dispenser and Towel

  • Touchless hands-free dispenser helps reduce risk of cross-contamination
  • No buttons, levers or cranks, which helps improve hygiene by eliminating touch points
  • Helps create a healthier workplace
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Georgia-Pacific® Manual Soap and Sanitizer Dispenser

  • Georgia-Pacific Pacific Garden® soap and hand sanitizer refills reduce the risk of cross-contamination with a closed system consisting of the bag, pump and nozzle
  • Georgia-Pacific Pacific Garden® Foam Hand Sanitizer (43331) is E3 Rated, registered with NSF as a hand sanitizing compound;
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SofPull® Centerpull Towel Dispenser

  • Touchless dispensing minimizes the risk of cross contamination
  • Soft, absorbent towel dries hands quickly
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We proudly announce

We are pleased to announce that The Dental  Advisor named Georgia-Pacific Professional’s SofPull® Automated Towel Dispenser Editor’s Choice in an article featured in the April 2014 Volume 31, No. 03 edition. Learn more about how the SofPull Automated Towel Dispenser can deliver cost savings and improve hygiene in your practice.