College students, medical students, residents, fellows and physicians all joined forces to train more than 4,253 Texans in hands-only CPR on February 6, 2016. The Texas Two-Step CPR: How to Save a Life Campaign was a free statewide event held 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:
1) Call 911,
2) Begin hands-only CPR by pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest
This cause was so special because heart disease is the top cause of death in Texans, with four out of five cardiac arrests occurring at home. CPR saves lives, but most people are unprepared to help when a loved one, friend, or colleague needs CPR. The collaboration of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, Texas Medical Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, HealthCorps, and MaveRx recognized the need to train more Texans in lifesaving, hand-only CPR.
More than 650 medical students representing all nine Texas medical schools taught the Texas Two Step at 49 multiple sites within the ten cities.
Please read testimonials below highlighting our event. We hope that this is the start of a new Texas tradition and look forward to collaborative volunteer projects in the future!
“It was remarkable to see months of work culminate in the successful training of over four thousand Texans! As a CPR instructor, I was thrilled to be a part of this statewide experience. It was an absolute joy teaching my fellow classmates and Houstonians this life-saving practice, and it was an honor to be able to teach one of Texas’s House representatives an invaluable skill.”
I wanted to share a quick story from Saturday about a gentleman at the mall who was so thankful we were out teaching people CPR…He explained to me that his father suffered a MI at home and passed away and that no one at his house knew what to do in the situation. He said they called the doctors instead of 911 and didn’t even think about CPR because “hands-only” wasn’t around back then. I’m so glad I got to be apart of this whole process the past 6 months and can’t wait to make it even bigger next year! –Tony Balda, MS, UNT Health Science Center
I really enjoyed helping out at the Texas 2 Step and being able to teach CPR to such an enthusiastic group of people (at the Health Museum). Such an easy-to-perform intervention has a huge impact on patient outcome/survival, and many more people now have ability to step in and perform life-saving CPR! — Erin Aufderheide, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident, Baylor College of Medicine
I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Texas Two Step event and oversee CPR training. This was an amazing event to educate our community. I feel confident that anyone trained could help a bystander in need in the future…they could save a life! –Jessica Best, MD, International Emergency Medicine Fellow, Houston, TX
The Two Step was a great event in that it brought together all parts of the medical field, from office staff to attendings, RN’s to paramedics, med students to firefighters, as teachers to empower our community to save lives with hands-only CPR. Just think how many out of hospital arrests will survive if we can continue to teach our communities this basic skill. I’m so proud of our TCEP medical students for creating this amazing event! –Doug Jeffrey, MD, FACEP, Austin, TX
This community project helped us live leadership at every level. It is so nice to see the future leaders in the House of Medicine engaged, helping save lives in their communities. –Angela Siler Fisher, MD.
Shehni Nadeem, MS4
Baylor College of Medicine
Sara Andrabi, MD
Emergency Medicine Chief Resident
Baylor College of Medicine
Angela Siler Fisher, MD, FACEP