An innovative new defibrillator, bone marrow biopsy system, and an oral tracheal tube for intensive care patients are among the subjects of the latest Medtech Innovation Briefings released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The briefings, launched last year, are aimed at NHS and social care commissioners and staff considering using new medical devices and other medical technologies. They provide information including a description of the medical technology, how it’s used, and its potential role in treatment pathways.
The papers also include the likely costs of using the technologies and a review of relevant published evidence, but are not official NICE guidance and do not make any recommendations on the value of using the technologies. Instead, whether or not to use the products described is the choice of local staff.
The briefings will help avoid the need for organisations to produce similar information, so saving staff time, effort and resources.
The latest briefings to be published cover the following devices:
- The AutoPulse non-invasive cardiac support pump for cardiopulmonary resuscitation - ZOLL Circulation
- The Arrow OnControl powered bone marrow biopsy system for bone marrow aspiration and biopsy - Teleflex
- The ZedScan as an adjunct to colposcopy in women with suspected cervical intra epithelial neoplasia - Zilico
- The SpyGlass direct visualisation system for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures during endoscopy of the biliary system - Boston Scientific
- The TaperGuard Evac oral tracheal tube for mechanically-ventilated intensive care patients at risk of ventilator associated pneumonia - Covidien
- The Epidrum for aiding access to the epidural space - Exmoor Plastics
- The OraQuick HCV point of care test for rapid detection of hepatitis C virus antibodies - OraSure Technologies
Click on each heading to access the reports.