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Teller County unveils new device to keep health workers safer during COVID-19

Posted at 7:16 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 21:41:47-04

TELLER COUNTY — On Monday, Teller County, in conjunction with UCHealth, unveiled a new airway protection box designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The box is designed to keep first responders from breathing in the virus while caring for patients.

"The typical airway boxes we've seen don't have an exhaust port on them," explained Jeremy Dewuall, the Teller County Regional Medical Director. "In general, they are protective for the provider, but if the patients coughing or having what we can aerosol generating procedures, those can come out inside that box. The benefit of what we're able to design is hooking up an exhaust port so this goes out to an external ventilation on the ambulance to directly take those aerosols away from the patient."

Officials hope that this new tool will keep those working on the front lines even safer.