For Nurses,Nursing Councils

Nursing Products and Technology Council

Nursing Products and Technology Council - For Nurses, Nursing Councils


Contact Information

Kaitlin Poliak, RN
Registered Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Chair Elect
Sara Fink, RN
Registered Nurse, Peds ICU

Admin Liaison
Anne Malec, MS. RN
Director, Medical Nursing

Admin Support
Kim Loun
Phone: (608) 828-8542

2017 Products and Technology Council Report Out


The purpose of the Nursing Products and Technology council is to evaluate and standardize products and technology using evidence to guide selection of products, balancing cost, effectiveness and clinical outcomes (not including Health Link documentation).


Develop, implement, evaluate and optimize:

  1. Products and equipment selection and standardization in collaboration with purchasing and other disciplines
  2. Savings through available corporate agreements
  3. Information systems and associated technology used in clinical practice
  4. Strategies that support environmentally conscious practice


Monthly (2nd Thursday, 0715-1045)


Regular participation, no unexcused absences and no more than 2 excused absences.


If a vendor contacts a staff person directly, asking to come in and do an inservice, what is the process?

Vendor Representatives should not solicit business at any UW Health facility. “Cold calling” or approaching UW Health faculty or staff without appointments is expressly forbidden (Policy 11.19).

If a vendor shows up on the unit asking if staff need an education on a specific product, what is the process?

See answer to #2. The majority of inservices, which utilize Vendor Representatives, are coordinated by the Education and Development for Nursing and Patient Care Services Department. Other individuals, such as Clinical Nurse Specialists and Managers may also coordinate inservices. Flyers are usually distributed announcing these inservices.

How do I know that this person is an official representative of the company?

Each Vendor Representatives must be in possession of and prominently wear a Vendor Liaison Office-issued badge while at any UW Health facility. Vendor Representatives may wear a company supplied name in addition to, but not in place of, the UW Health issued phot identification badge. Vendor Representatives who are not in possession of a current badge will not be allowed access to UW Health facilities, with enforcement supported by UW Health Security (Policy 11.19).

If our unit wants to trial a product, what is the process?

Contact the current chair of the Product and Evaluation Standardization Council to discuss presenting at the next meeting.

If a product or equipment may be defective, what is the process?

If a UWHC employee or member of the medical staff discovers a problem with a supply, equipment, or a medical device, the Director of the affected department must be contacted and a Patient Safety Net (PSN) report should immediately be completed. If the device, supply or equipment has caused employee or patient harm, the manager or staff member should also notify Risk Management via telephone at 261-1327 See Policy 12.46 for specific details of the process.

How are we notified of a recall?

When notified of a product recall, CS will initiate the removal of the recalled product (if required) from all storage sites and clinical areas that are stocked by CS. If a product could potentially be stored in areas that are not stocked by CS (patient rooms, cabinets, drawers, lab coat pockets, etc.) Inpatient Nursing Administration and Clinic Administration will ensure that all areas are free of all affected product(s) (Policy 12.46).


Cleaning and Disinfection (Infection Control)

Vendor Liaison Office