The Emory Pre-Med Association’s Texas Two Step CPR committee hosted a training session on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Emory’s Atlanta campus as part of an nationwide CPR training. The training was one of two sessions meant to train people in Texas Two Step CPR, a basic CPR method involving two steps: dialing 911 and doing chest compression until a medical professional arrives. The students who attended the event were instructed in the method, and will now be able to train others in Texas Two Step CPR on the nationwide training day on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta. Both Oxford College and Emory University students attended the training session.
Texas Two Step CPR was first conceived by medical students in Texas hoping to train the general public in basic CPR. In addition to Atlanta, the nationwide training day will take place in the cities of Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as fourteen cities in Texas. The Feb. 10 session prepared students to be trainers at the Feb. 25 coast-to-coast event at the mall, with hopes that they can train as many people as possible.
The training itself consisted of a short introduction by the Texas Two Step CPR committee during which participants were informed of the difference between CPR certification and training and made clear this was a session on training. Further steps would have to be taken in order to be CPR certified. Afterword, the participants divided into groups, each lead by a student certified in CPR who then walked the students through the steps, explaining the reasoning behind each step and the best possible way to achieve maximum success. They then demonstrated on CPR manikins, after which students practiced on their own, and were then tasked with going through all the steps in a hypothetical scenario. Before they were approved as trainers, each CPR certified instructing student watched a different groups performance as a way of making sure all the groups were given adequate instruction. Next steps for participants will include attending the mass-training event on the Feb. 25 and train as many people as possible.
The Steps of Texas Two Step CPR:
Make sure the victim is unresponsive and not breathing, DO NOT perform CPR on someone who is responsive or breathing.
Begin compressions: on the sternum, place hands one on top of the other, using the heel of the dominant hand press down approximately two inches (deeper is better than shallower) and release to the beat of approximately 100 beats a minute (the tune of “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” or “Stayin’ Alive”)
Do not cease compressions until a medical professional arrives.
If you are with others, point to two people directly, telling one to call 911 and the other to find an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).