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 & Brunel External Assessment Centre. 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 External Assessment Centre

  • Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Dr Catherine Meads, Reader in Health Technology Assessment, Brunel University

  • Dr Carole Cummins, University of Birmingham

Specialist commentators

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

  • Dr Magdi El‑Omar, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, lead for the acute chest pain service and divisional lead for infection prevention and control, Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary

  • Professor Anthony Gershlick, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Honorary Professor of Interventional Cardiology, University of Leicester

  • Dr Stephen Hoole, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Interventional Research Lead, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Fellow, University of Cambridge

Declarations of interest

  • Dr Magdi El‑Omar received an honorarium approximately 3 years ago from Atrium (before they were taken over by Maquet) for a presentation on INFUSE‑AMI at the EuroPCR conference in Paris.

  • No other relevant interests were declared.


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