National Texas Two Step CPR is an annual event whose purpose is to engage the public and educate them on the benefits of compressions-only/hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). To date, this project has trained over 10,000 people in the use of compressions-only CPR with the help of more than 1000 medical students.
As the name implies, Texas Two Step CPR consists of two steps:
1) call 911
2) push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives
Compressions-only CPR is easy to perform, and can be done by the layman in emergency situations in order to buy time until Emergency Medical Services arrive.
Who is involved?
Texas Two Step CPR originated in 2015 under the auspices of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians as a medical student-driven, grassroots event with the goal of teaching hands-only CPR to as many people as possible. It launched as a state-wide Texas event in partnership with HealthCorps.org (a national 501c3), Texas Medical Association, American College of Emergency
Physicians, and the leadership consulting firm, MaveRx. In 2017, the event expanded further across the state to include 14 cities, all eleven Texas medical schools, more organizational partners (Emergency Medicine Residents' Association, Texas Medical Association Foundation, and health law and consulting firm, The Spiers Group), and renown practitioners such cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. William E. "Billy" Cohn. Along with preparing everyday civilians for emergency events, Texas Two Step CPR provides leadership opportunities to medical students from around the country and allows them to give back to their communities.
In February 2018, National Texas Two Step CPR training will launch in multiple cities across the state of Texas in addition to five more states (GA, FL, NY, CA, IL). The project hopes to continueto expand its national footprint through the addition of more city, student, and organizational partners. Our goal for this year’s event is to train more than 10,000 members of our community in the life-saving skill of hands-only CPR!
Dr. Oz himself will be onsite at Northlake Mall from 1-2:15pm to assist the medical student volunteers in training the public on how to save a life!