Thopaz+ is a portable digital chest drain system that continuously monitors air leakage and apply suction as needed to maintain regulated negative pressure for drainage, as determined by the patient’s air leak.
Status In progress
Process MT
ID number 325

Provisional Schedule

Resolution 05 February 2018
Expected publication 19 March 2018

Project Team

Project lead Paul Dimmock

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External assessment group CEDAR
Manufacturers Medela UK
Others Boston Scientific
  Department of Health (DH)
  Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)
  Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd
  National Institute for Health Research Horizon Scanning Centre (NIHR)
  Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  NHS England (NHSE)
Professional groups Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)
  Association of Healthcare Technology Providers for Imaging, Radiotherapy and Care (AXrEM)
  British Thoracic Society
  Devices for Dignity
  Royal College of Physicians
  Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)
  Medical Technology Group
  The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA)


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
08 December 2017 Committee meeting: 2
16 October 2017 - 13 November 2017 Draft guidance
22 September 2017 Committee meeting: 1
17 May 2017 Scope published
10 April 2017 Stakeholder registration opens

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