About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision-making by clinicians, managers, and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by Birmingham and Brunel Collaboration External Assessment Centre (EAC). The Interim process and methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality assured and approved for publication.

Project team

  • Birmingham and Brunel Collaboration (EAC)

  • Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Author – Dr Catherine Meads, HERG, Brunel University, Birmingham and Brunel Collaboration

  • Peer reviewer – Dr Yen-Fu Chen, University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Brunel Collaboration

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Dr Alyson Bryden, Consultant Dermatologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

  • Professor Peter Vowden, Professor of Wound Healing Research, University of Bradford and Bradford Royal Infirmary

  • Mr Steven Jeffery, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


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ISBN: 978-1-4731-0458-7