Medical Students Teach El Pasoans Hands-Only CPR

What started as an ordinary day in El Paso for medical student Jeff Scott a couple of years ago quickly turned frantic when a neighbor started shouting for help.

“I was just going about my business washing the dishes, and all of a sudden, I hear a lady screaming about her dad – she can’t wake him up, he’s passed out,” said Scott, a third-year student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. “I went over and sure enough, he was in cardiac arrest. I called 911 and did chest compressions. After the paramedics got there, we got a heartbeat back.”

Students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine taught hands-only CPR to El Pasoans as part of the nationwide Texas Two Step: Save a Life campaign.

Students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine taught hands-only CPR to El Pasoans as part of the nationwide Texas Two Step: Save a Life campaign.

Scott was among several medical students who helped teach those crucial steps – calling 911 and initiating hands-only CPR – at free, five-minute training sessions at two locations around El Paso on Saturday, Feb. 9. The lessons were part of the nationwide Texas Two Step: Save a Life campaign, an annual event aimed at teaching the public about compressions-only CPR. This is the second time in three years Scott has participated in the program.

“This is a valuable tool for (medical students),” Scott said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to practice teaching, because in medicine, we always are going to be teaching the people coming along behind us. We learn it, we do it, and then we teach it. So any opportunity for the students to teach is a good thing.”

Learn more about the Texas Two-Step: Save a Life Campaign at www.tx2stepcpr.com.