NICE has developed a medtech innovation briefing (MIB) on PneuX for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care.

The PneuX tube system is intended for airway management in critically ill patients who are having mechanical ventilation. It is designed to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia by minimising the risk of pulmonary aspiration and micro-aspiration in patients having ventilation for 24 hours or more. One randomised controlled trial in high-risk cardiac patients found that the PneuX system was associated with a statistically significant reduction in the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia compared with a standard endotracheal tube. A PneuX endotracheal tube costs £150 and a PneuX tracheostomy tube costs £175 (both excluding VAT).

Medtech innovation briefings provide a description of the medical technology, including its likely place in therapy, the costs of using the technology and a critical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant published evidence.

Their purpose is to provide objective information on device and diagnostic technologies to aid local decision-making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals. By making this information available, NICE helps to avoid the need for NHS organisations to produce similar information for local use.

Medtech innovation briefings are not NICE guidance. They differ in format, contain no judgement on the value of the technology and do not constitute a guidance recommendation.

MIBs are commissioned by NHS England and produced in support of the NHS 5 Year Forward View, specifically as one of a number of steps which will accelerate innovation in new treatments and diagnostics.