Learn the Texas Two Step and Save a Life
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 20, 2016) On February 6, 2016, a coalition of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, a national non-profit HealthCorps, Texas Medical Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, and leadership consulting firm MaveRx will host the “Texas Two Step: How to Save a Life” event while attempting to set a Guinness World Record with more than 20,000 participants during a free, statewide, hands-only CPR training event.
Thousands of Texans across the state will learn the Texas Two Step, a lesson that will potentially save many lives. The Texas Two Step, a 20 minute hands-on training session in hands-only CPR, will teach participants how to act quickly, to save a life by taking two steps: Step number one: Call 911. Step number two: Begin hands-only CPR by pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest.
“Heart disease is the number one killer of Texans with four out of five cardiac arrests occurring at home,” says Shkelzen Hoxhaj, MD, MBA, president, Texas College of Emergency Physicians. “Research shows CPR saves lives. However, most people are unprepared to help when a loved one, friend or colleague needs CPR.
Texas Two Step CPR Training will provide life-saving training for all Texans, while offering Texas healthcare professionals and student doctors an opportunity to work with their communities.”
Representatives from all nine medical schools across the state will teach the Texas Two Step. The training locations will be in multiple sites in Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio.
“The Texas College of Emergency Physicians generously participates in our national training to ensure that all the HealthCorps Coordinators serving in high schools around the country are prepared to save lives through CPR,” says Michelle Bouchard, president, HealthCorps. “Many of our Coordinators as well as HealthCorps students will also go on to be physicians. We understand the potential impact of this historic event and were excited to participate in any way.”
The free event is open to the public. Participants will practice on manikins and will be provided with educational materials summarizing the skills learned. To find out locations and times of the Texas Two Step and to register, go to texacep.org.