Posted 01/30/2020 | By HealthCorps

HealthCorps and Medical Students seek to save lives nationwide by teaching free, hands-only CPR on February 8-16

NEW YORK, New York (January 29, 2020)—From February 8-16, medical students will join forces with national non-profits HealthCorps and First Impact for the 5th Annual National Two Step CPR: Save a Life Campaign.  Free hands-only CPR training will be offered over two weekends at public sites across the United States. Participating states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

“HealthCorps is proud to once again support this lifesaving event”, said Amy Braun, President, and CEO of HealthCorps.  “These skills are vital to not only our students and their families but our school communities.  At HealthCorps we provide students with the tools to live healthy productive lives.  Through the Two Step CPR training, what they learn could SAVE a life.”

During 5-minute training sessions, participants will learn how to act quickly in the event of cardiac emergencies by following two easy steps: 1) Call 911 and 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.

“Nearly 1,000 people daily in the US will suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Survival for these individuals has been shown to improve dramatically with prompt CPR. With community-focused training events, we hope to empower our neighbors and community members to bridge the gap from witnessed cardiac arrest to EMS arrival. Together we can improve the survival statistics,” said Ashley Cohen, Two Step CPR board member and M.D. candidate at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

The event was created by a group of medical students and the Texas College of Emergency Physicians in 2016 after recognizing the need to train more citizens in lifesaving, hands-only CPR.  HealthCorps joined the inaugural effort, bringing high school students and their families to the training.  To date, the event has trained over 18,500 nationwide in the proper compression-only CPR technique.

This year Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity is joining the effort as a national community partner. “Phi Delta Epsilon is proud to partner with Two Step CPR to promote health education as we showcase continued values congruence for our Fraternity,’ said CEO Karen Katz.

To learn more about the event and to find a training near you, please visit www.twostepcpr.com

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