Save a Life Week: Emory Emergency Medical Training
What is the Education in Medical Emergencies student organization?
Education in Medical Emergencies (EME) is an undergraduate student organization at Emory founded by an interdisciplinary group of students interested in medicine, nursing, and public health. Our mission is to educate the public, in particular the Emory community, in how to respond to medical emergencies. Students from across Emory schools—Emory College, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine—teach free basic medical emergency procedures and life-saving techniques to the Atlanta community.
Our first Save a Life Week, to be held March 25-29, aims to engage and educate the Emory community in hands-only bystander CPR, as well as other basic medical emergency procedures. During Save a Life Week, EME presents talks with Emory healthcare professionals on the appropriate medical responses to sports injuries, opioid overdoses, excessive bleeding, choking, and anaphylactic shock, as well as topics such as suicide prevention training. Throughout the week, volunteers train the public in hands-only CPR in free, five-minute sessions.
EME also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Texas Two Step (Tx2Step) CPR event, an annual one-day event aimed at teaching the Atlanta community hands-only CPR. Last year, EME student volunteers trained more than 140 in the Atlanta community on hands-only CPR during the event, and we hope to increase our totals this year!
Why Your Support Matters
About 90 percent of people who suffer an out-of-the-hospital heart attack die. CPR can significantly increase a victim’s chance of survival; therefore, increasing the number of people trained in CPR is crucial to raising survival rates. Hands-only CPR, which has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR, is easy to perform and just as easy to teach. Arming every day civilians with the skills to perform hands-only CPR in emergency situations to buy time until emergency medical services arrive could save lives.
How You Can Help
Your gifts will go to the Emory College Council, which funds our Education in Medical Emergencies. Your donations will help cover the costs for Save a Life Week and the Texas Two Step CPR event by helping us buy training equipment, secure sites, and provide transportation and snacks for our volunteers.