GP PRO survey finds healthcare providers list preventing healthcare-associated infections as top financial priority; 84% say infections rose during COVID-19, 39% are willing to invest more in prevention through hand hygiene products, touchless dispensers

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June 23, 2023 (press release) –

Preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is a top financial priority for acute and post-acute healthcare providers, according to a recent GP PRO survey.

GP PRO’s survey found one-quarter of respondents viewed HAI prevention as a significant financial issue. The study found the majority of respondents—84%—noted that the number of such infections has somewhat or significantly increased since the onset of COVID-19, and 39% said preventing HAIs is worth investing more than they currently do. For that 39%, such further investments would include high-quality hand hygiene products, proper personal protective equipment (PPE), touchless restroom dispensers, and easily accessible hand hygiene stations for staff and visitors. In addition, 91% of respondents believed collaboration between infection preventionists and environmental services (EVS) departments is important in lowering HAI rates.

“The vast majority of healthcare providers acknowledge that HAIs continue to increase, and nearly all of our survey respondents put preventing HAIs as a top three priority, but the cost of preventing them is creating a real financial reckoning for them,” said Ashley Butler, GP PRO vice president and general pf skincare. “As a provider of hand hygiene solutions for healthcare, it is incumbent on us and other industry leaders to create a viable path forward for infection preventionists to cost-effectively address what has become, in my opinion, a healthcare crisis.”

Access the complete GP PRO survey here.

About GP PRO
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products, and related chemicals. The company operates approximately 150 facilities and employs approximately 30,000 people directly and creates nearly 89,000 jobs indirectly. GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific, manufactures and sells well-known brands like ActiveAire®, Angel Soft® Professional Series, Brawny®, Compact®, Dixie®, Dixie Ultra®, enMotion®, and Pacific Blue™. GP PRO products meet restroom, foodservice, and break room needs for office buildings, health care, foodservice, high-traffic, lodging, retail, and education facilities, plus a wide range of industrial and manufacturing facilities in North America. For more information, visit

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