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Question for Department of Health

UIN 228014, tabled on 18 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the NHS to introduce titanium splints to stabilise rib fractures.

Answered on

25 March 2015

In the absence of guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), it is for National Health Service commissioners to take funding decisions on treatments based on an assessment of the available evidence.

NICE issued interventional procedures guidance on the insertion of metal rib reinforcements to stabilise a flail chest wall in 2010 that recommends that the procedure may be used provided that normal arrangements are in place for clinical governance, consent and audit. NICE interventional procedures guidance makes recommendations on whether procedures are safe and efficacious, but does not provide guidance on whether the procedure should be funded in the NHS.