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NICE has developed medical technology guidance on the Sherlock 3CG Tip Confirmation System (TCS).
NICE medical technologies guidance addresses specific technologies notified to NICE by companies. The ‘case for adoption’ recommendations are based on the claimed advantages of introducing the specific technology compared with current management of the condition. This ‘case’ is reviewed against the evidence submitted and expert advice. If the case for adopting the technology is supported, then the technology has been found to offer advantages to patients and the NHS. The specific recommendations on individual technologies are not intended to limit use of other relevant technologies which may offer similar advantages.
NICE has said that the Sherlock 3CG TCS can be used instead of blind insertion to aid the placement of peripherally inserted central catheters, and that in most cases it avoids the need for the confirmatory chest X-ray.
Healthcare teams may want to use the Sherlock 3CG TCS because it is generally a similar cost or may be cost saving compared with blind insertion, depending on the hospital settings and local conditions. Using the device also increases staff confidence.
This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.