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 Consortium. 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 Consortium

  • Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Laurence Blake, Research Fellow, The University of Birmingham

  • Zulian Liu, Research Fellow, The University of Birmingham

  • Carol Cummins, Senior Lecturer, The University of Birmingham

  • Catherine Meads, Reader, Brunel University

Specialist commentators

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

  • Michael Turner, Manager, Burns ICU, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead

  • Tom Clutton-Brock, Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

  • Deborah Ebsworth, Critical Care Unit, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London


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ISBN: 978-1-4731-0871-4