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East Vail testing alternative to CPR

Dustin Racioppi
dracioppi@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado “-Mark Mobley waited a long time for last week to come.

That’s when East Vail, Colorado’s Bighorn Fire Station received what the 23-year veteran firefighter’s been pushing to get the last few years “the King Airway device. The tube-and-syringe system is designed to create a direct and more efficient air supply to cardiac arrest victims when CPR isn’t working.

Out in the depths of East Vail, and where the department responds to at least a dozen medical calls a month, Mobley said there was definitely a need for the contraption. It’s commonly used in department’s set in rural areas, he said.



“Sometimes it could be 10 or 15 minutes to get an ambulance out here,” he said. “Now, if we get a cardiac patient, we have better chances.”

East Vail is the only department in the county testing the King Airway for a pilot program authorized by the state. Chief Mark Miller thinks there’s two reasons why:



“We are little bit farther away and I think we have a good relationship with our medical director and he has a lot of faith in us,” Miller said. “Medical calls are actually a large majority of what we do, and anytime we can upgrade the type of care we give our patient and save a life, we’re all for it.”

Department members have already received extensive training on the new system, and Miller said his crew is anxious to have the opportunity because the new device gives them an expanded role when responding to an emergency.

“Firefighter’s are excited when they can use a higher level of care instead of basic,” he said. “If the patient was your family member, what kind of care would you want? That’s the way we look at it.”



Mobley doesn’t have any doubts that the King Airway will stick around in East Vail and, eventually, be common in departments in the valley.

“It’s going to save somebody’s life someday,” he said.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.


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