JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE Monday April 13, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Teller County, CO - On April 13, 2020, officials from Teller County and UCHealth will demonstrate a newly designed piece of medical protection equipment designed to protect health care workers working in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was invented by employees of the Teller County Public Works Department, working alongside a local EMS director.

The device is designed to protect health care workers during intubation - the placement of a tube inside a patient’s airway to help them breathe. Although simple in design, the invention should significantly reduce the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus to our medical professionals at a time when more and more patients may be needing intubation.

The equipment is being purchased by UCHealth. “UCHealth is pleased to be able to donate this equipment to ensure EMS experts can stay safe while providing the best patient care possible,” said Ron Fitch, administrator of Pikes Peak Regional Hospital.

There will be a demonstration of the device on a simulated patient on a stretcher outside, as well as inside an ambulance. There will be more details released regarding the launch of this new safety device in Colorado health facilities.


Where: UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (at Emergency Department Portico) 16420 W. US-24, Woodland Park, CO 80863

When: Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12 p.m., rain or shine.

Who: Matt Angelidis (El Paso Medical Director for EMS), Ron Fitch (CEO PPRH), Jeremy DeWall (Teller Regional Medical Director), Don Angell (Teller OEM), Dean O’Nale (Teller IC EMS Branch Director), Fred Clifford (Teller Logistics), Greg Couch (Teller PIO), Jeff Force (UCHealth Center for EMS Excellence), Christine Sines (UCHealth Teller EMS Liaison), Teller County Officials, EMS/Fire/Medical Personnel.

Visuals: VIP Speakers, device demo, device demo inside ambulance