Dr. Oz joins medical school students and others to save lives by teaching free, Hands-Only CPR during weekend event in 11 Texas cities
HOUSTON, TX-- On Saturday February 11 and Sunday February 12, medical students from all 11 Texas medical schools will join forces with cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, his national non-profit HealthCorps, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), leadership consulting firm MaveRx, health law and consulting firm the Spiers Group, hospitals and medical schools across the state for the 2nd Annual Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign. Free hands-only CPR training will be offered over the two days at public sites in Amarillo, Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, the Valley and Waco.
During five-minute training sessions, participants will learn how to act quickly in the event of cardiac emergencies by following two easy steps: 1) Call 911 and 2) Initiate Hands-Only CPR. “These simple tools could make the difference between life or death for someone you love,” says Texas-Two Step board member and University of Texas Medical Branch student Logan Walsh.
Dr. Oz will be participating in training sessions held in Houston on February 11 and in Dallas and Fort Worth on February 12. For details, visit www.tx2stepcpr.com.
The event was created by a group of medical students and TCEP in 2016 after recognizing the need to train more Texans in lifesaving, hands-only CPR. Last year, the event trained more than 4,200 individuals, with more than 650 medical students in 53 locations. The students hope to train 10,000 Texans this year and plan to grow the event into a nationally driven initiative in the future.
“Since heart disease is the number one killer of Texans, we knew it was important to help the medical students and our great partners bring this lifesaving event to our communities again this year,” said TCEP President Heather Owens.
The participating medical students matriculate at: Baylor College of Medicine; Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine; Texas Tech University Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; The University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School; The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School; and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Texas Two Step CPR 2017 is led by the Texas Two Step Board of Directors: Shyam Murali (Chair), Logan Walsh (Chair), Tony Balda, Teresa Dunphy, Matt Millington, and Albert Shih.
Statewide sponsors of the event include: Cavender’s Boots, iBeat and Sanavi Water. Statewide partners include: ACEP, TCEP, HealthCorps.org, MaveRx and The Spiers Group. Local partners include: Amarillo’s ER Now, Montgomery County Hospital District Emergency Medical Services, Memorial Hermann Health Systems and Memorial City Mall.
To learn more about Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign visit www.tx2stepcpr.com.