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Nursing Product Evaluation (2.37)

Nursing Product Evaluation (2.37) - Policies, Administrative, UWHC, Department Specific, Nursing Administrative, Committees, Department of Nursing

2.37

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
November 17, 2015

Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual
 Other _______________

Policy #:
2.37

Original
 Revision

Page 1
Of 2

Title:
Nursing Product Evaluation


I. PURPOSE:
A. To introduce new products and determine the acceptability of existing products pertinent
to nursing practice and patient care.
B. To standardize implementation and education for new products.
C. To ensure quality and promote cost savings by evaluating products against predetermined
criteria (cost, quality, safety, standardization, and serviceability).

II. ACCOUNTABILITY:
A. Chair, Nursing Product Standardization and Evaluation Council.
B. Administrative Liaison

III. PROCEDURE:
A. A request for new product evaluation (attached) will be completed by a UWHC nursing
staff member and submitted to the Nursing Product Evaluation and Standardization
Council.
B. A request for review of existing products (attached) will be completed by a UWHC
nursing staff member and submitted to the Nursing Product Evaluation and
Standardization Council.
C. Each request will be screened by the Nursing Product Evaluation and Standardization
Council for consideration of clinical evaluation on the basis of:
1. Quality: the extent to which the product performs its defined function
2. Serviceability: ease of use and maintenance of the product (i.e. packaging, storing,
convenience), durability and user acceptability
3. Safety: the absence of actual or potential toxicity or side effects to either the user
or the patient
4. Standardization: compatibility with current system and elimination of duplication
5. Cost: a cost analysis of current product or competitive products will be obtained
from Purchasing including estimated annual volume
6. Contract Status: including expiration date
7. Impact on current practice, including the Electronic Health Record capability.
D. Product Evaluation
1. The Nursing Product Evaluation and Standardization Council and/or
administrative liaison determines if the proposed product should undergo a trial.
If so, the council determines the following:
a. Specific criteria or product characteristics based on a review of literature

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
November 17, 2015

Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual
 Other _______________

Policy #:
2.37

Original
 Revision

Page 2
Of 2

Title:
Nursing Product Evaluation


b. Start date and finish date of evaluation, or number of products to be
evaluated
c. Specific departments or units involved in the evaluation
d. Method of acquisition of samples of evaluation stock and applicable cost
center charged in accordance with Procurement Services policy
e. Alternative manufacturers products for comparison.
2. The council coordinates the evaluation in cooperation with the appropriate
area/unit over the specified time frame including inservice needs. Approval will
be granted by conducting a vote amongst the council members.
3. The area/unit is asked to complete a Product Evaluation Tool (attached). The
individual or unit conducting the trial summarizes the results of the evaluation
upon completion.
E. The Nursing Product Evaluation and Standardization Council will collaborate with the
department of Nursing and Patient Care Services Education and Development to arrange
orientation and inservicing of new products.

IV. AUTHORED BY
A. Linda Stevens, DNP, RN-BC, CPHQ, CSPHP
Director, Nursing Quality and Safety.
Administrative Liaison, Nursing Product Evaluation and Standardization Council


V. REVIEWED BY:
A. Product Evaluation and Standardization Council, October 2015
B. Nursing Administrative Policy and Procedure Committee, November 2015


SIGNED BY:

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services,
Chief Nursing Officer