6 Conclusions

6 Conclusions

6.1 The committee concluded that there is good evidence to support the use of measures to prevent hypothermia during abdominal surgery and that, in this regard, HumiGard shows promise. However, it considered that there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that HumiGard has a substantial effect on reducing adverse outcomes for patients having abdominal surgery.

6.2 The committee concluded that the cost consequences of using HumiGard in abdominal surgery are very uncertain, and that further research is needed on resource use.

6.3 The committee recommended conducting research in collaboration with the company and with clinical and academic partners. NICE will update this guidance if new and substantive evidence becomes available.

Andrew Dillon
Chief executive
February 2017

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)