Nursing Product Council (NPC) - Hard at Work!

May 02, 2019

The NPC has dived into a busy year of looking at products clinically, with a focus on product optimization. In collaboration with Infection Prevention, Advanced Wound Care, the CAUTI and CLABSI Collaborative Learning & Improvement Communities (CLICs), IV Therapy, and a number of subject matter expert groups, the NPC is a key driver in product standardization, consumption management, and the PSJH Caring Reliably outcomes of highly-reliable, safe, and effective patient care.

To understand the contribution of the collaboration, consider product standardization.  In 2018, the NPC was able to save the PJSH system over $3 million through standardization of product, both by reducing the number of similar products (called “SKUs”) and standardizing clinical processes. For 2019, our goal is to reduce SKUs by 25% or more and we are well on our way to this goal.

Working with the Advanced Wound Care (AWC) team from across PSJH, we were able to complete validation and evaluation of our AWC category and will soon have a system formulary available to caregivers. We have also been working to standardize pneumatic compressions and anti-embolic stockings with the legacy St. Joseph ministries. In addition, IV tubing, fluids, catheters and pumps, bloodstream infection dressing change kits, and IV start kits are being standardized through a partnership of our clinical, pharmacy, and IV teams.  Other teams have been working on hot and cold packs, alcohol swabs and wipes, and a myriad of commodity type products.  This work is ongoing and will continue throughout the year with other product categories.

As one of our most prominent accomplishments, we have been working with the CAUTI and CLABSI CLICs to bring in vendor partners to conduct practice assessments and provide us with value adds to our existing contracts.  This work is helping to improve patient care and outcomes by increasing our reliability.

The NPC would like to extend a special thanks to the OCNO nursing leadership team, along with a huge shout out to the clinicians and caregivers who give their time to support this valuable work. Thank you!