Smiths Medical today announced a distribution partnership with Sommetrics, a company that develops products and services to treat airway problems that arise during medical procedures and during sleep. As part of the partnership, Smiths Medical will distribute Sommetrics’ new and innovative aerFree™ Airway Management System (AMS), the first FDA-cleared external negative pressure aid that maintains a patent upper airway during mild to moderate sedation.
aerFree™ AMS is a non-invasive, safe and comfortable device intended to give clinicians a simple method of ensuring that a patient’s airway remains open during medical procedures while the patient is sedated. Smiths Medical will distribute aerFree™ AMS in select U.S. markets, followed by a global launch in 2018.
“The addition of the aerFree™ Airway Management System enhances our overall Airway product portfolio and we are confident that this addition will add significant enhancements to patient care,” said Ian Harper, Vice President Vital Care at Smiths Medical.
“This distribution relationship with Smiths Medical enables a new and valuable technology to be quickly and efficiently introduced to the airway marketplace, where very few new product categories have been introduced in recent years,” said George Winston, general manager of Sommetrics Acute Care. “Clinician feedback at several professional conferences has clearly demonstrated the need for and excitement about the aerFree™ AMS as a new airway management tool.”