Review decision date: September 2014

Review decision: 

This guideline should not be updated at this time. For further information, please refer to the Surveillance Review Decision

Next review date: December 2016

This guidance updates and replaces NICE technology appraisal 24 (published April 2001).

The advice in the NICE guideline covers:

  • adults and children who are going to have a cut through the skin for an operation.

It does not specifically look at:

  • adults and children who are going to have an operation that does not involve a cut through the skin on the outside of the body
  • adults and children who are going to have procedures involving thintubes (called catheters) placed in blood vessels, tubes (called shunts) inserted into the body to divert fluid, thin flexible telescopes (called endoscopes) to view the inside of the body or metal pins used externally to treat broken bones.

  • NICE has accredited the process used by the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE to produce guidelines. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from September 2009 and applies to guidelines produced since April 2007 using the processes described in NICE's 'The guidelines manual' (2007, updated 2009). More information on accreditation can be viewed at