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Posted on: July 29, 2021

GJFD Using New Tools to Save Lives

video laryngoscope

Hold your breath for as long as you can. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Good job! That is exactly how long a GJFD first responder has to place a breathing tube in the windpipe of a patient having a serious medical emergency. That’s how long first responders have to ensure life-giving oxygen is traveling through the correct pathway into the lungs and not the patient’s stomach. Thanks to a grant from the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment totaling $10,186 GJFD has equipped all our ambulances with video laryngoscopes. Video laryngoscopy is a technology that allows first responders to see directly down their patient's throat on a high-resolution video screen and greatly increases the speed and accuracy of placing a lifesaving breathing tube on the first attempt. 

For more information contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5800 or by e-mail at

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