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. NICE is currently working to respond to the operational challenges posed to our normal work programmes. The stakeholders and advisory committees involved in the development of our guidance include a large number of frontline NHS staff. We know that their priority in this crisis is caring for patients and we do not want to draw them away from this vital work. For this reason, we are reviewing all of our guidance in development and will be prioritising only therapeutically critical topics at this time. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause. This topic will still publish however the publication will be delayed by 7 working days due to workload. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will keep our approach under review. Our priority is to support the NHS to care for people during this difficult time.
Status In progress
Process MT
ID number 273

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 08 April 2020

Project Team

Project lead Liesl Millar

Email enquiries


External assessment group KiTEC
Manufacturers Qualitech Healthcare
Others Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)
  Association of Healthcare Technology Providers for Imaging, Radiotherapy and Care (AXrEM)
  Boston Scientific
  Department of Health and Social Care
  Devices for Dignity
  Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
  Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  HealthTech Alliance
  Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd
  Medical Technology Group
  Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  NHS England
  The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA)
  British Association of Critical Care Nurses
  Critical Care Patient Liaison Committee (CritPaL)
  ICU Steps
Professional groups The British Thoracic Society
  The Intensive Care Society
  Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
  Royal College of Nursing
  Royal College of Anaesthetists
  British Lung Foundation


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
24 February 2020 Resolution
24 January 2020 Committee meeting: 2
08 November 2019 - 06 December 2019 Draft guidance
18 October 2019 Committee meeting: 1
12 June 2019 Scope published
03 May 2019 Stakeholder registration opens

For further information on how we develop guidance, please see our page about NICE medical technologies guidance