Sue Henshall, RGN.
Clinical Product Evaluation Nurse, Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS TrustClinical product evaluation involves reviewing hospital expenditure and usage of products to ensure that a trust is achieving value for money. Another driving factor is the need to promote the safe use of products and appliances as part of a clinical governance strategy.
Last year, our trust decided to review oxygen therapy consumables as part of our standardisation strategy. The trust's annual spend on oxygen masks is £35 000 - we use 46 000 masks, consumables, nebulisers and so on, a year.
The new form was significantly more detailed and comprehensive than the initial form. It included more detailed information about labelling, ease of use, patient comfort and requested opinions on overall product quality. The group felt this was important in terms of providing a better overall picture and evidence to support any decision made. The new form enables calculation of a total score, which is then used to compare scores for products made by different companies.
The completion of the final evaluation forms is now awaited. To date, 35 have been received, with a possible 10 outstanding. The data will then be collated and analysed by the clinical advisory group. The analysis will also include an estimate of the predicted use and expenditure for each company over a 12-month period. This will be presented on a spreadsheet for discussion by the advisory group, and to help predict the potential total trust spend for each of the suppliers. The results will be presented to the group, which will then make the final choice of products. Group members who were absent will be informed of the outcome in the minutes and will have the opportunity to question the outcome, if they wish, before the decision becomes final.
- Identify a need and draw up a specification for the equipment required
Products must be judged against an agreed national standard
The trial involved medium concentration masks, high-concentration/non-rebreathing masks and equipment such as Venturi, nebulisers and tubing. The criteria scored included the following:
Sue Henshall, Clinical Commodity Advisory Nurse, Mid-Cheshire Hospital Trust, Leighton Hospital, Middlewich Road, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 4QJ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org