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 the 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


  • Zulian Liu, Research Fellow, Birmingham and Brunel Consortium, University of Birmingham

  • Rui Duarte, Research Fellow, Birmingham and Brunel Consortium, University of Birmingham

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Catherine Meads, Deputy Director, Birmingham and Brunel Consortium, Brunel University

  • Laura Norburn, Public Involvement Adviser, Public Involvement Programme, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Specialist commentators

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

  • John Moore, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Sandeep Dhir, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Duncan Wyncoll, Intensive Care Unit Consultant, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1051‑9