Feb. 9, 2016
AUSTIN, TEXAS (Feb. 09, 2016) – More than 4,250 Texans
learned lifesaving hands-only CPR during the Texas
Two Step How To Save A Life Campaign last Saturday. Hundreds of medical
student volunteers in Amarillo, Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fort
Worth, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio taught
participants how to save a life by taking two steps: No. 1: Call 911. No. 2:
Begin hands-only CPR by pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest.
Heart disease is the
No. 1 killer of Texans, and four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home. CPR
saves lives, but most people are unprepared to help when a loved one, friend,
or colleague needs CPR.
“I’m so glad to be a part of this whole process,” said University
of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center medical student Tony Balda. He said
a participant, grateful for the lifesaving training, watched his father die of
a heart attack years ago because no one knew how to perform CPR. “After
spending time with him, it hit me how big an impact the Texas Two Step event
would have had that day.”
More than 650 medical students representing all nine Texas medical
schools taught the Texas Two Step at 53 sites within the 10 cities.
“This event took an incredible
volunteer effort. I am proud of the medical students across Texas who took time
out of their schedules to give back to their communities. It really reflects
the passion with which we are working to save lives. I think it's a great
reminder of why we all chose
medicine in the first place,” said Baylor College of Medicine student Jake
“I am very
grateful to all the volunteers from college students to physician leaders who
offered their time and energy to this project,” said UNT School of Medicine student Faroukh Mehkri. “The most
amazing thing for me was to see hundreds of strangers, many of whom have never met us, come together to work tirelessly on this
project. The passion that fueled this project from our end was palpable and
permeated through our entire state. Thank you to everyone for learning how to
Texas Two Step!"
College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), Texas Medical Association (TMA), and American
College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and HealthCorps and leadership
consulting firm MaveRx created the event after recognizing the need to train
more Texans in lifesaving, hands-only CPR. Medical students hosted training events in these
Pictures of Houston CPR
training events: https://flic.kr/p/CXoV7T
Video of Two Step training event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwC0U_p2ZTc
The Texas College of
Emergency Physicians exists to promote quality emergency care for all patients
and to represent the professional interests of our members.
HealthCorps gives teens
tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more
productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better
and practice positive thought.
TMA is the largest
state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician
and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component
county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to
improve the health of all Texans.
American College of
Emergency Physicians acep.org
The American College of
Emergency Physicians promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the
leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public.
extraordinary leaders that are bold, innovative thinkers, credible resources
and relevant trendsetters in an ever-changing universe.