Texas Two Step Teaches New Version of CPR
Studies show that hands-only, “chest compressions” CPR, without the breathing rescue component, saves more lives.
The Texas Two Step event aims to teach the “two steps” of CPR -first calling 911 and then administering chest compressions without administering “mouth-to-mouth”. Dr. Oz will be participating in training sessions held in Houston on February 11 and in Dallas and Fort Worth on February 12.
If you’re in Texas, find your CPR training site here:
Studies support benefits of chest compression “only” CPR
An October 6, 2010 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that chest-compression-only CPR instead of the traditional chest compressions with intermittent mouth-to-mouth resuscitation actually saved more lives. The study reviewed data on adults who were saved by CPR in non-hospital settings like the mall, restaurants and other public spaces. The research indicated that an individual was 60% more likely to survive if they only received chest compressions, than if they received either no CPR or the chest and mouth resuscitation version.
Why is chest-compression-only CPR more effective?
Researchers postulate that for lay people, just having to do the chest compressions is easier to remember and more likely to be performed correctly since you are just doing “one thing.” A lot of people may have avoided performing traditional CPR because of the breathing component – breathing into a stranger’s mouth, when you are concerned that they may have a disease or other oral issues, is just unpleasant. Additionally, stopping chest compressions to do the breathing component of CPR can mean interruption of blood flow to vital organs. It then takes a few seconds to re-start the circulation with the chest compressions. Of course, in a hospital setting, trained health professionals can deliver chest compressions and breathing resuscitation very effectively and typically do.
The Texas Two Step
On February 11 and 12, multiple locations in major cities across Texas will offer free CPR training in the “Texas Two Step CPR: How to Save a Life” event, with the goal of educating 10,000 Texans. The event will offer participants training in how to act quickly by calling 9-1-1 and then beginning hands only CPR with proper chest compressions.
Did you know?? In Texas, four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home, where a loved one may not know how to perform CPR.
This is a joint effort with 11 Texas medical schools, HealthCorps, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), Texas Medical Association (TMA), Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF), Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), leadership consulting firm MaveRx, health law and consulting firm The Spiers Group.
Getting bystanders trained
Anyone can learn to deliver CPR, especially this newer version. Having this knowledge means you’re equipped to save the life of an older parent, your spouse, a child, co-workers, classmates and any victim you might encounter during your day. The correct procedure is to call 9-1-1 and then to begin to deliver chest compressions (Two Step). The song “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees has been used as a guide for how quickly to perform the chest compressions. You can learn this and more by visiting a local Red Cross or by searching for CPR classes in your community.
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