NICE is committed to promoting equality, eliminating unlawful discrimination and fostering good relations between people with particular protected characteristics and others.
Cytokine adsorption devices should not be used in pregnant women. Pregnancy and maternity are protected characteristics under the Equality Act (2010).
People over 65, men and people from black, Asian, and ethnic minority groups are disproportionally affected by COVID‑19 (Office for National Statistics, 2020). Age, sex and race are protected characteristics under the Equality Act (2010).