Manufacturer's reply


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We would like to thank Dr. Salih and colleagues for raising concerns regarding the confusion over different types of Berman Airway available on the market. I believe that much of the confusion comes about because the ‘Berman Intubating Airway’ was introduced in 1977, long after the original Berman Oropharyngeal Airway (which had been patented in 1952) had already been in popular clinical use around the world. In some countries, such as the UK, the Guedel airway has now superceded Berman's original design, but the original Berman Oropharyngeal Airway is still widely used around the world in disposable single-use form, and as such it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to change the name of this original device. In order to minimise confusion, we would suggest that manufacturers of the later Berman Intubating Airway consider relabelling the device as an ‘intubating’ airway, for example, as the ‘Intubating Airway (Berman)’, or similar. We will also discuss with our Berman Airway customers the possibility of changing the name of our disposable single-use original Berman Airway to ‘Berman Suction Airway’, or similar.