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 & 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

  • Zulian Liu, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

  • Neil OConnell, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University

Specialist commentators

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

  • Mr Neil Smith, Senior Research Nurse Critical Care and Theatres, Hull Royal Infirmary

  • Mrs Catherine Plowright, Consultant Nurse Critical Care, Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Kent

  • Ms Joanne Bowes, Consultant Anaesthetist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and clinical lead for burns intensive care, South West UK Burn Network

  • Dr Duncan Wyncoll, ‎Consultant in Critical Care, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Declarations of interest

No relevant interests declared.


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