Learn the Texas Two Step and Save a Life

News Release

February 3, 2016
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Learn the Texas Two Step and Save a Life

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Club will partner with the Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), the Texas Medical Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians to host the “Texas Two Step: How to Save a Life” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 6. The event will take place at three locations, Market Street at 98th and Quaker, Market Street at 19th and Quaker and the Texas Tech University Student Union Building at 2500 Broadway.

The Texas Two Step, a 20-minute training session in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), will teach participants how to act quickly to save a life by taking two steps that include calling 9-1-1 and beginning hands-only CPR by pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest.

CPR is a lifesaving technique that aims to keep blood and oxygen flowing through the body when a person’s heartbeat and breathing have stopped.

“CPR performed within the first six minutes of the heart stopping can keep someone alive until medical help arrives,” said Cheyenne Mangold, second-year medical student and Emergency Medicine Club member.

Ashley Yates, second-year medical student and Emergency Medicine Club president, said knowing how to perform CPR may be terrifying for some people.

“Most people may hesitate to help when CPR is needed,” Yates said. “By learning the basic steps and knowing how to do CPR properly, we hope those who come to the event will feel empowered to respond if the situation should ever arise.”

Texas Two Step CPR Training will provide life-saving training for all Texans, while offering medical students an opportunity to work with their communities. Representatives from all nine Texas medical schools will participate.

Event organizers also will attempt to set a Guinness World Record with more than 20,000 participants during this free, statewide, hands-only CPR training event. For more information about Texas Two Step, email lisa.varghese@ttuhsc.edu.

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