Learn How To Do CPR Properly | Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah & Dr. Rickquel Tripp

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Will: [00:00:00] Knock, knock, hi! Knock,

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Hello everybody, welcome to Knock, Knock, Hi! With the Glockenfleckens! I am Dr. Glockenflecken, also known as Will Flannery. I am Lady 

Kristin: Glockenflecken, also known as Christian 

Will: Flannery. want though. Uh, and we’re Hey you. Hey, podcast people. I had somebody, uh, recognize me, um. They don’t usually don’t recognize me from the podcast because, you know, usually it’s like the skits where my face is like right up in their, their own face.

So, uh, they called me the TikTok guy. 

Kristin: Yeah, that’s right. We were on the street in New York city of all places. And somebody goes, Hey, are you the TikTok guy? You’re like, You’re gonna have to be a little more specific than 


Will: I have to, well, I have to assume that, that, yes, I am the TikTok guy. Sure, yes. You are on TikTok 

Kristin: and you are a guy.


Will: are a lot of, there are a lot of guys on [00:01:00] TikTok, but I am one of them. Yes. I am one of many. Um, our, our New York trip was fun. It was so much fun. So we, we went, uh, uh, as part of Heart Month. And, uh, courtesy of the American Heart Association, doing a lot of advocacy around CPR and cardiac arrest. And, uh, we spent a few days out there.

My first time since high school going to New York. Yep. Your first time. My first 

Kristin: time ever. I had never been to New York City, so that was a lot of fun. I did feel that we were there with a bunch of, um, like TikTok influencers. You know, and I felt very, uh, old, even though they were like about our age, they were just like cooler, right?

Like, I felt very, like, I’m a suburban mom in the big city, you know, like, it has never been more clear how uncool we are than when you put us with a bunch of people like that. 

Will: Yeah, I, I, it made me realize I really should do something, [00:02:00] um, with my hair. Like, literally anything. Like anything. Like, I don’t know.

Just try a little. I just And, like, the fashion that we saw. Yeah. I mean, you looked good, 

Kristin: but I I was still even underdressed. Like, those people all got some memo that I did not get. I thought I was following the instructions on the invitations, but I 

Will: looked like someone who’s never worn something that’s not scrubs in, like, the past five years.

Well, that’s pretty accurate. And was all of a sudden trying to dress up. That’s what I 

Kristin: look like. We felt 

Will: very out of place. You would You would look at me while I was in New York at these fancy events, and you would think, Oh, that’s his first time. 

Kristin: Putting on a suit, ever. Wow. Yeah. Good effort. 

Will: Yeah. He tried.

There’s an attempt there. Uh, but I am, and I’m also like, I’m weird proportions. I’ve got like Well, we both are, 

Kristin: and in opposite directions. 

Will: Yeah, you’re, you’re short [00:03:00] everything, I’m long everything. Yeah, 

Kristin: exactly. Like, my, my arms and legs are not the right size for my torso, and same for you, so, but other direction.

Will: So, besides that, we had a great time. It was really fun. It really was. We, uh, we went to TikTok, uh, headquarters in New York. Yes. And, uh, I, it was very interesting experience, a lot of security. So much. So much security. Lots. Like you can’t in the lobby. It’s a very nondescript building. Like they, they clearly don’t want to advertise the fact that this is a TikTok headquarters building.

Not, not so with other buildings in New York. Right. 

Kristin: I mean there’s signs everywhere. They’ve got their name just slapped on them in 

Will: neon or whatever. But uh, uh, it’s, and you couldn’t take any photos in the lobby because again, you don’t want, they don’t want people to know this is where TikTok is. Where it is.

Uh, and then, you know, obviously we had like sign forms and stuff to, to get up there as a guest. I 

Kristin: think we had to like show our ID, have our picture taken. 

Will: It was like 50 something floor up there above, uh, Times Square and we [00:04:00] were able to look down on the ball. Right. The 

Kristin: New York, 

Will: New Year’s ball, New Year’s ball thing.

And just awesome view and really cool inside. Lots of LED displays and decorations and they had great food for 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: us there. 

Kristin: Yeah, 

Will: it was awesome. Yeah, it just, it seemed like a fun place to work, you know, and, uh, and we got to do some. Some photo ops with with all these other more famous people than us. Yes Including dr.

Mike. Yeah some time with the doctor Mike 

Kristin: you guys were cute together. You like we’re giggling a lot It was it was Like you guys like this hanging out connected 

Will: Person down the podcast with them right but and we were the only no there was there were two other physicians there It was me, Mike, and Mauricio Gonzales, yep.

And so we He’s one person. There’s three of us to go to. Oh, three total. Three total [00:05:00] physicians. I am a physician, you know. Right! I 

Kristin: always forget that. Do you forget that? Yeah. Okay. 

Will: It was great. It was really fun just to, to to do this for Heart Month and to, to talk about Yes, 

Kristin: we were there not just for funsies.

We were there to do some CPR advocacy and awareness 

Will: work. We did a little bit of fun. It was fun too, yes. We got some New York 

Kristin: pizza. Yeah, we did. What was it? Joe’s. Joe’s pizza. Yeah, someone will have to tell us. Did we do it right? It 

Will: tasted right, everyone. All right, well, let’s talk about our guests today, huh?

Okay, let’s do it. All right, we have Dr. Sylvia Owusu Ansah and Dr. Raquel Tripp. So, Dr. Owusu Ansah. is an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Also EMS medical director at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. And Dr. Tripp is the UPMC Department of Emergency Medicine.

And, um, is, uh, part of the department of EMS as well. So they are both extremely [00:06:00] accomplished and they’ve come together to form a, an organization called Acoma United. Acoma United is a nonprofit that works to raise money to provide CPR. Uh, and CPR education to underserved communities, uh, women, younger generation, and get to just get them interested and engaged in learning CPR.

Kristin: And they go out to the community rather than having, you know, the community have to come to the hospital to learn. So that’s, that’s 

Will: awesome. Exactly. Yeah. People reach out to them, um, through their, their website, okomayunited. com and, and say, Hey, we want to. You know, learn more about this. You know, we want you to help teach our, our organization or our community and they go out there and do it, which is fantastic.

And we talk all about it, but that’s, that’s the way. To really start making a difference with CPR education is just hands on, right there, face to face, really spreading the word about CPR. Yeah, people 

Kristin: within your own community teaching you about it, you know, is always going to go a lot 

Will: farther. It’s great.

Um, [00:07:00] and so we had a wonderful time talking with them about that. Should we get to it? Let’s go. Alright, here is Dr. Sylvia Owusu Ansah and Dr. Raquel Tripp.

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All right. We are so excited to welcome Dr. Raquel Tripp and Dr. Sylvia Owusu Ansah. Thank you so much for joining us today. Thanks for 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: having 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: us. Yes. Thank you 

Will: so much. And you’re, you’re, uh, you’re both, uh, coming to us from, uh, from Pittsburgh, right? I’ve, I’ve never been, have you been to [00:08:00] Pittsburgh? 

Kristin: No, I’m not sure I’ve ever been to Pennsylvania.

Surely we’ve driven through it. 

Will: Tell us, what’s your favorite thing about Pittsburgh? Tell us a little bit about Pittsburgh. We’re, I’m, we’re curious. I don’t know 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: for, well, I would have to say I can start off first cause I’m born and raised in Pittsburgh. So it’s, you know, it’s in the vein. So of course I have to say, you know, being a Steelers fan, you’re in steel country.

So be prepared that black and yellow is strong. Um, you know, and you always have to go to Primanti’s to get your Primanti’s brothers. Food. And, um, and then also, you know, three rivers. So I would have to say one of the most beautiful skyline with Pittsburgh, when you are coming in and out of the tunnels from the mountains, you get to see these three rivers expanding.

And so, um, so I would say that, you know, that’s why it’s a love for me. 

Will: Sylvia, were you born and raised in, in Pittsburgh? 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: I, I was not. I am a Bostonian through and through. Go Patriots. Oh, uh oh. Uh oh, I know, [00:09:00] I know. But, but, I want to remind everybody, especially of our generation, that this is Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

Um, and so I do actually live on the street that Mr. Rogers used to live on, and so, um, yeah, Pittsburgh represents that, um, and kind of getting into probably what we’ll be talking about today, um, Dr. Peter Safer perfected the art of CPR here, and the first EMS paramedics. Uh, we’re from here in the Hill Districts of Pittsburgh, the Freedom House Ambulance Company were, which were 25 black men.

So there’s a lot that happens in the pit that’s very relevant to health 

Will: care. Yes. And this is, um, we’re recording this in February. This will, this will come out early March, but, um, February is heart month. Among other things, it’s, it’s a really important month for us, um, and, uh, and for both of you as well with the work that you do surrounding CPR and, and cardiac arrest and everything.

So there’s a lot we want to get [00:10:00] into with you guys, but let’s, let’s start off with you’re both emergency medicine trained physicians. Correct. I have that right. All right. And did you meet? Hold on. It looks like maybe. Oh, 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: did I get that wrong? Lady G is so observant. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: Let me just say that I wear I wear the unicorn helmet.

Will: Oh, okay. Yes. I 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: am PEM. Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Wow, she is so intuitive. I love it. This is what she does. She 

Will: keeps me accurate. 

Kristin: He doesn’t notice. Anything changing in front of him ever at all, so I have to pick up the slack. I do my best. 

Will: I’m trying. But, uh, but yeah, so, so I guess start, let’s start with, with how you two came together to, to, to work together, uh, both in your, your career and with, uh, Oklahoma United and some of the other things that you do.

So how, how long has this partnership been? 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Oh, I [00:11:00] think since the first time we met, was it about seven or eight years ago, I believe? Uh, was it um, and you know, and I would say that, you know, recognizing that, especially being Black women in emergency medicine and also in EMS, we are very few of us, uh, there’s more of us progressing now, but, um, we actually went to a fellowship medical director’s course and, um, and I looked across the room and I was like, who’s that chaplain thing over there?

And I was like, oh my goodness, I need to, I need to meet her because she’s the only black woman in this entire room. And so that’s how, yeah. Sylvia and I first met and then, um, I was in Pittsburgh doing my EMS fellowship. Sylvia was at Johns Hopkins, um, doing her fellowship. And so then they, so then we in Pittsburgh were trying to recruit Sylvia.

And so, uh, so Sylvia came over and actually, I actually took her husband who was a, uh, former firefighter paramedic. I was, um, And, uh, [00:12:00] DC, Maryland area, and he did a ride along with me, and, um, and said, I’m over here, like, I’m like, yeah, grab these bags, here we go, and I didn’t know that he at all was associated with Sylvia until I literally dropped him off to Sylvia, I was like, wait a minute, this is your husband?

And then that’s, I would say, how it continued growing with, like, a friendship, and then I’ll, I’ll, you know, throw the, the baton over to Sylvia, then talk about how we progressed for, like, a comedy night. Yeah, and so 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: it just only seemed natural because I’m PEDS and she’s adult, but we’re both EMS physicians and EM physicians, so, you know, we like to say that we take care of folks from like 0 to 100, basically, and so we have been doing a lot of work in the community.

Um, around CPR, and we noticed that people were clued into the fact that we were African American women talking about heart health, talking about children, talking about CPR. Um, and it’s almost like they didn’t know we existed. Um, and so we [00:13:00] saw the power of that and we said, we need to come together and do something for, you know, for better words, uh, our community.

And so hence Acoma United came into being because we recognized them when we went to these community outings that it went from like, okay, so if my child starts choking, you know, then what do I do? And then my heart, I’ve been having palpitations, you know, and then we’re like, okay. We, we can bring that to you.

Whereas, folks, other healthcare professionals might not be able to bring that knowledge and expertise. So, Ricky and I got together and said, we need, we need to, we need to get this together. We need to do this for our community. Yeah. And ACOMA stems from, um, sorry, Ricky, and then I’ll, I’ll finish here. But ACOMA stands for, uh, heart in my parents language.

So, my parents are from Ghana, West Africa, from the Ashanti tribe. You might be familiar with the kente cloth and some of the Some of the art, um, and so literally means heart, goodwill, endurance. So we felt that was the right name to choose to pick. Yeah, that’s 

Will: awesome. That’s great. And one of the, I, you know, [00:14:00] reading all of your accomplishments, the things that you guys have done surrounding cardiac arrest and CPR.

Uh, it’s fantastic. But one thing that, uh, I’m very, you mentioned the Steelers already, but your work in, for like D1 athletes and, and doing a lot of CPR education around that, can you talk about that a bit, I’d say that as like the Superbowl is coming up and I’m like a huge Chiefs fan. Um, and, and so I’ve been, sorry, I know, I know, I know, I know, but, uh, uh, you know, I mean, the Chiefs are the only one in the playoffs out of the, all the teams that are represented here.

Anyway, neither here nor there, but yeah, tell me, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: I was going to say, we just. The Patriots have to pass the torch on to somebody, I 

Will: guess, right? Hey, you’ve had, you’ve had your Super Bowls, okay? You could just 

Kristin: By the time this airs, this will all be very old news and everybody will be like, 

Will: Oh, I know, exactly.

The Super Bowl already happened and, and I might be eating my words here, but, um Anyway, I, I do want to hear more about this though and, and kind of what you’ve learned [00:15:00] from this process and, and, uh, in teaching athletes, um, uh, because obviously there’s been a lot in the news, especially surrounding Jamar Hamlin last couple of years, um, about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.

So just talk about your experience. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: Yeah, so we would be remiss not to mention Damar. He’s from Pittsburgh, he’s from McKees Rocks, and it really started with a gathering for him while he was in the hospital, while he was in the ICU, praying for him to come out, and, um, and we decided to teach CPR, and that was his hometown community of McKees Rocks, PA.

Uh, and we decided to use that opportunity to teach CPR. Um, Jamar actually got to watch us live stream, uh, pray for him and walked out that day of the hospital. Oh, it’s amazing. And little be knowns to us, there was a little firehouse, firecracker, Miss Celeste Welsh, who was in charge of media and community engagement for Pitt, the Pitt Panthers, who’s also from Rikki’s Rocks and said, We got to do this.

We got to do this for our [00:16:00] athletes. Now, I had sent an email to Coach Narduzzi, but there was just so much emotion, as you can imagine, um, you know, with him being the native son, you know, people didn’t, weren’t sure what was going to happen. So I didn’t get any responses initially, but she came through and she said, we’re doing this.

So literally a week later, we were able to gather over 30 healthcare providers from like, uh, EMS students on campus, uh, to emergency medicine doctors, to nurses. And we trained all 105 football players. Pit football players in early February and then it just snowballed from there. Um, we decided we can’t stop there, we gotta do all the teams.

Um, and we are now at 380 athletes out of 500. Um, that’s awesome. And we have one save. Um, and so we can’t really get too much into the save, but we have one save out of 380 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: athletes. Wow. That’s amazing. 

Will: That’s, that’s incredible. Yeah. Who are, um, it’s, in, in my experience in, in being in some training environments, people that have, have never done chest compressions are always so [00:17:00] surprised by how difficult it is, right?

Did you get a lot of that feedback from these, you know, big, strong football players? Are they like, wow! Yeah, like, are they tired? I’m so surprised. Like, this is harder than I thought it would be. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: So we actually do a, it’s funny that you say that, we know that they’re competitors, and we know we’re, they’re athletes, so we do a two minute challenge at the end.

Um, and I have to say, Lady G, this was inspired by you. Um, so we were in the audience last year when you came to the National Association of EMS Physicians. We were in the audience listening to you, um, and the fact that you had like 1, 500 EMS medical directors and EMS clinicians, speechless. Says everything already, but um, you know, recognizing how tiring it could be and that they were athletes We decided to put together this two minute challenge.

So they have really good time with that they pick somebody within their group and you know, we had the shall I say the baseball players were twerking [00:18:00] and you know, everybody’s like Every every group the the wrestling team was very cerebral The soccer team was very appreciative and they had people from all over the world, which was great because then they could take that back to Colombia and Brazil and Spain.

And, um, so no, I mean, they, they, they, they got through it, but they, a lot of them said how tiring it was. In fact, even being out. I 

Kristin: would like to join you sometime. I’m kind of kidding, but kind of not. I would like to join you sometime. Me, I’m five, two and a half, maybe, tiny little. I’d like to do a Lady Glockenfleck in 10 minute challenge with all these great big football 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: players.

I think, well, I think you’ve, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: you’ve already started the idea. It needs to be hashtag Lady G 

Kristin: Challenge, right? I want somebody to do it 10 minutes. Not me. I’ve already done it. I’ve proven. You have not proven yourself. I can’t do that again. But I want to, I want them to see. Little old me and then have these great big football players try to do it for 10 minutes I think that’d be really funny.

Maybe I have a very morbid sense of [00:19:00] humor. No 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: It’s true. No, no, that is great. I’m with you Yeah, especially because we have like the female and male athletes and so definitely yeah, you can you know See the resilience and the strength was wrong. Yeah, 

Kristin: like if I can do it Yeah 

Will: Yeah, and it’s it’s you know, and as something you always say it’s not a complicated maneuver, right?

It’s just very tiring. Anybody can learn how to do it, right? It’s just you know When you do it for there’s a reason why when you’re in a hospital setting and there’s multiple people who are able to do chest Compressions you you you trade off every two minutes because it can be really tiring. In fact, I’ll tell one quick story.

I Um, we were in New York this past, uh, week and, um, uh, it was an American Heart Association event and so a lot of advocacy around, uh, chest compressions and there was a big group of us, uh, and, and they did kind of similar to what you’re, you two are talking about. It was a challenge, um, to see who could do the most effective chest compressions.

And we ran into like, [00:20:00] in, in heats of four people. And the winner would go on to the next round. I was in a heat. I was the only medical professional in my heat. And so I was thinking, Oh man, I’ve got this. I finished last. I finished last. It was the most, I guess, and this is like, this is streamed live on TikTok.


Kristin: yeah. No, it was like a bunch of like TikTok dancer type people. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Right. Like, well, you know, when you’re in top tier it’s very hard to know when you’re in top tier. Yeah, that’s, that is true. 

Will: And I just, I blame the fact that I’m an ophthalmologist and I, I, I haven’t, you know, there’s very limited opportunities to do chest compressions, but it was, it was, it was a good, a good opportunity to like, to, to show, Hey, look, see, anybody can do this, you know, you don’t have to be a 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: physician, you don’t have to be a, 

Kristin: he tried to blame it on his mannequin that it wasn’t, uh, that it was [00:21:00] a defective.

Yep. I was like, no. Yeah. 

Will: And so you’re, are you, you’re continuing to do the work with athletes now? Cause you’re like, what’s the next step? Are you just, you know, cause I guess every, every year more come in. Yeah, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: that’s the conversation we’re having now. How do we, um, keep this sustainable and probably bringing in our own healthcare institution.

We also, in this period of time, you know, educated an additional like two to 300 folks in our community. So. We’ve co led over 600 people in the past year, including, I got to teach CPR to our first ever black mayor, Mayor Ed Gainey, who had never done CPR before on February 2nd, uh, during our, uh, local AHA rally.

So, Definitely getting the word out there. Uh, but yeah, we want to continue with the athletes. I originally wanted to do like a, I’m all about the challenges, right? You know, in medicine, we’re so competitive, so I almost wanted to do like Pitt versus Ohio state, um, kind of thing, but, um, Oh, you 

Will: should, that’s such a great idea, hopefully, [00:22:00] 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: you know, Celeste being a little bit more, you know, Fair than I am was like, we kind of started already, maybe you want to start fresh, you know, you don’t want to challenge somebody when you’ve already done like 300 athletes and say, hey, catch up kind of thing.

But yeah, so we’re, we’re always, we’re always room to, for ideas to, to spread the 

Will: word. How about those Steelers? How about the Steelers? Have you, you know, have you, uh, extended to the professional ranks? 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: We’re working on that. So I had to say like, so this is my first year being on the sideline. And so, but I would say that, uh, for my particular role was more for the visiting group, but, um, but definitely, you know, you got it like, you know, kind of gingerly come in there, especially as like, you know, the female of like, Hey, y’all this idea and you know, like, you know, like.

Put an idea, make it sure that they feel like it’s their own, and then it goes. Exactly, you know? So you gotta, you gotta kind of like, you know, put it in there, plant the seed, and then just keep fertilizing it, [00:23:00] and then it will, you know, come to. But I will say that, um, we did have an event with, um, because we’ve been teaching schools, so, um, school aged children, gals, and so we did have an event where we did have two Steelers players come in, and you know, and we came up to it like, yo!

Uh, can you play dead real quick? And they’re like, I got you. And so I will take a nap. And so literally, we had, you know, one of the huge, you know, six, five, uh, you know, Steelers players just like walk and then drop. And we’re like, no, what do you do? And they’re like, Oh my God, the Steeler is down. I know he is, but however, we need to save him.

So, uh, you know, so that’s why I would say that definitely. The Steelers have been helpful. We’ve been trying to join in because the NFL does have the, um, 60 And we’re, you know, for really having CPR generating, but yes, but we’re working it in a bit more for like the Steelers and for the Pirates and, um, and then, you know, the Penguins.

So, yes, it’s in the [00:24:00] mix. Yeah. 

Kristin: So, I mean, again, I know this will be airing outside of February, but, um, you know, February, we do a lot of CPR awareness, like we’ve kind of mentioned already, and, and for me, I kind of have this dual CPR awareness. mentality, right, of there’s the CPR awareness to the um, general public, right, which is CPR can be, when it’s needed, it can be just an extremely effective life saving, you know, intervention that is, you know, easy.

Anyone can do all of these things, right? Everything that you guys are doing. Um, and then on the flip side, I feel like I’ve been shouting into the void for the last four years, of, uh, also be aware, you know, on the other side of it, to the healthcare professionals, to the CPR instructors, to the people that are asking people to learn CPR, which you absolutely should do, um, to be aware that Doing CPR on someone, particularly if they [00:25:00] are someone you know, is actually a very traumatic thing, or it can be very traumatic.

Um, because essentially, if you’re doing CPR, that means that person is dead under your hands and, and, and, you know, I could go into all the, all the nitty gritty details about that, but it’s, you see things and you hear things and you do things that are all very kind of disturbing to just a general, you know, lay person, bystander, responder.

So, um, I don’t know. Do you guys factor that into your, to your work at all? And it’s a little bit different because you’re working with like professionals and athletes and, and things like that. It’s not that you’re working with like family members, you know, in the homes. Uh, but do you factor that in at all?

I’m curious, especially after having seen my talk, um, you know, is that, I’m, I’m always thinking about that, of like, what can we do to support those people? So is that some, what do you guys think? What, what, you know, from your perspective, what can we do that we’re not doing 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: right now? 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: So I, I definitely think you brought that call to action.

We actually do at Pittsburgh have what’s called the Pittsburgh [00:26:00] Cardiac Arrest Survival Um, Center. And that’s what it’s all about. Uh, and when I say Pittsburgh and CPR, uh, and, and that is the collaborative group that we work with to teach CPR. And so we provide resources. Um, to folks and families, because as you can imagine, with over like 600 people, a few people have been like, I actually had cardiac arrest, I was actually revived, or I actually performed cardiac arrest on somebody.

And so, we have those resources, um. at the University of Pittsburgh for families at all stages, um, whether they perform the CPR, whether they were the recipient of CPR, whether they were around when the CPR was happening. So we’re very cognizant of that. And even in our youngest group, our focus, meaning, so we do middle school CPR too, and we’ve done that three years in a row.

We started at the height of the pandemic, so we do 7th graders. And the focus there is more the cognition of it, the idea that I can help. But knowing, to your point, that it can be traumatic. So focusing [00:27:00] less on the 100 to 120 beats per minute and push hard, push fast, but more on how do we get over that hurdle of like being paralyzed, not being able to help, and then kind of what happens afterwards because it’s probably going to be a loved one.

So we do shed light on that and we do collaborate with people who specialize, um, in that space. They’re called PITC casts. Um, so awesome group, and without them we couldn’t have done the 600 people, and they’ve done even, probably even more out in the community as well. Yeah. Yeah. That’s 

Kristin: awesome. I’m going to have to check out their work.

I don’t know that I’ve heard 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: of them. And I was going to say, and I was going to add just an addition that individually when we’re doing a demonstrations, we’ve had people come up to us, like even at, on February 2nd, one of the sons of a volunteer, he actually had CPR that was formed on him. at the age of 13, and he did not want to actually, uh, participate in doing it, but reassuring people about that it’s okay if you do not want to participate, just knowing that, and then, [00:28:00] you know, really reinforcing to the family of how important, and so when, and we’ve had situations where people are like, you know what, yes, because we also do stop the bleed training too, like, you know, having trauma, um, you know, happening, and just when you’re doing the demonstration, recognizing that, A lot of times you have to be that support person to really reassure people that, you know, in that situation, that there is going to be fear, there is going to be anxiety, there’s going to be adrenaline for you to want to do something.

And even afterwards, you know, even, you know, when you have, you know, you feel like you have regret or like, Oh, I should have done more to reassure people that you did as much as you could. And to recognize and tell people like, this person is dead. Like literally, no matter what divine intervention you have, this person is dead.

Like you are trying to bring them back to life. And that is out of your hands. You know, it wasn’t, but however, you do have some power in your hands to at least start that process to bring them back to life. But again, Overall, the, you know, [00:29:00] picture, you have to realize what this is happening in front of you.

So, that’s the other thing that in the moment when you’re doing the demonstrations, recognizing that that you may have to take people aside to really reassure them for what they’re doing and have that positivity and that they can still do this no matter what. 

Kristin: Right. Yeah. You can only work with what you’re given, you know?

So, what you’re doing with CPR is you’re giving that person the best chance they can have at being able to be brought back to life. But sometimes, you know, they just are not in a situation where they, where it’s possible for them, even with perfect CPR to come back to life. So, you know, I think there’s a lot of, yeah, kind of anxiety and guilt sometimes, you know, when someone does CPR and it doesn’t save the person.

Uh, but you know, it’s, it’s, it’s more about what was going on in that person’s body probably than it was about, you know, If you were doing CPR, you were doing everything that 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: could be done, you know. And 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: we, we have those discussions, especially with the kids and the athletes. We talk about the Good Samaritan law, [00:30:00] meaning that you are not at fault.

Um, and there are certain things you just need to leave up to the doctors and we can fix. We talk about the broken ribs and we talk about the clicking, you know, depending on the age group, um, that doctors can fix broken ribs, but we can’t fix dead brain. But even if that person doesn’t survive, none of that is on you, you know, um, not to carry that burden or carry that guilt, know that you were a hero.

regardless. So yeah, we try to have that holistic approach and that we have the additional support. 

Will: The broken ribs thing and the broken sternum, people really can seem to fixate on that, you know, like, like, well, it’s traumatic, right? And it’s, it’s like letting them know, listen, this person is dead. Like, right.

If you, yeah, you might break their ribs and that’s okay. By the way, she did not break any of my ribs. I don’t still know how you did that. I still don’t know how 

Kristin: that happened. I don’t know, is that good or bad? Let’s work for 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: us, let’s work for 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: us. No, no, no. I mean, you’re, again, you were phenomenal last year.

We were, I was just like, okay, I need to, we need to talk. [00:31:00] Like, 

Will: I mean. I’m curious, was it, was it always gonna be emergency medicine for you two? Did did you think about going into other fields of Sylvia? Were you, did you consider something else before emergency medicine that piqued your interest or pediatrics?


Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: it’s interesting that you, you tell the story. So my, my, my, I grew up in part and part with my bio biological father and my stepfather, my biological father was an optometrist. Who, this is back in the day with Kodak, we had the black room that I wasn’t allowed to open the door and guess what was waiting for me in the basement were retinas.

Pictures of retina, so I’m sorry, I’m like, yeah, I 

Kristin: was envisioning 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: like jars of retina. Sorry, sorry, I should be more direct. 

Kristin: Like in the dark basement, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: you know? Yeah, and like stranger things kind of like, ooh, what’s happening? Yeah. No, sorry, like, you know, the old school where you had to use the developer and the tray and so on a clothing line.

Pictures. Look at that. Wow. On the back. And he’s like, isn’t this the most beautiful thing? And I unfortunately did not 

Will: really. You’re like, [00:32:00] yeah, I agree on that. I don’t know. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: But connect. But in all honesty, initially I started off ob gyn, um, you know, Omaha. Omaha. I wanted to like catch the babies and do the things.

Yeah. But then recognized that I was like, once the baby was out, I was more interested in what they were doing over at the nursery. And then I kind of lost touch with what was happening with the poor mom. So I was like, I might need to switch, switch over what I’m gonna do. Which is pdf. 

Will: Yeah. Right. And, um, and then from PDA.

So how’s it you, you do, did you do pediatrics first and then you went into emergency medicine from pediatrics? I’m not sure how. So I did 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: all, all PEDs. So I did a general, uh, pediatrics residency, and then I did a pediatric emergency medicine. So I took a year. So, um, I took about a couple of years off in between.

My husband decided he wanted to go from industrial mechanic to firefighter, uh, a paramedic. Um, and so we couldn’t both be doing the training thing. So he was doing the fire training Academy, paramedic Academy. Um, and I was working in the ED as a general [00:33:00] pediatrician, which most people don’t know in the adult world, you can’t do that, but in the pediatric world, you can be a general pediatrician and work in the emergency department, just not in the trauma area.

So that’s kind of what I did. Oh, I didn’t realize that actually. Yeah. Oh, interesting. So I did that, but I was like, I want to do all the fun things. I don’t want to be over here. And they’re like, you need a fellowship. And I’m like, okay, I can’t do that. So long story short, did the fellowship. And then my husband, I would go on ride alongs with him, and then I was really intrigued.

But then I did the EMS thing, so I did an additional EMS fellowship. You’re right. Oh, there 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: you 

Kristin: go. Wow. What about you? She likes to learn a lot more than you 

Will: do. I mean, like, well, see, that’s the thing. You’re absolutely correct. Yes. I was, when I was, when I finished residency, I was like, no way in hell you’re ever getting me in another year of training.

Um, but that’s, that’s just me. Uh, but there is this thing in medicine where you can like keep doing fellowships. Yeah. There’s like never an end. There’s never an end to the supply of fellowships that you can do. But, um, and then [00:34:00] Ricky, you came from a very different background, um, with, uh, being a flight surgeon in the Navy.

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Yes, um, so for me, uh, my journey, uh, I decided to go into the military to pay for medical school because I realized how large a debt Uh, people were coming out, and so my father is very militant, even though he was never in the military, and he’ll wake me up at four o’clock in the morning anyway, and I was like, and Sylvia knows, I’m not a fashionista at all, so I was like, yeah, tell me what I need to wear, I’m already waking up at the same time, I might as well just go ahead and get paid for, um, so that I don’t have these loans, and so that then led me to having to pay back Some of my time, um, with the Navy, initially, you have to do an internship, uh, at a naval facility.

And so at that time, I was interested in actually urology. Um, I had seen a neobladder and I had seen a I know, a penile phallus that was made from like a skin flap from a forearm, and I was like, this [00:35:00] is so ballsy, I know, I know, so I had to say like, I was like, urology is all I got, I know, I know, it’s all, I know, I know, but however, it was just like a mixture of that, but um, but I would say that as I became a flight surgeon because Guys.

And the Navy, when you’re doing your scholarship, it’s called the Health Professional Scholarship Program. And that period of time, once you finish your intern year and you got your medical license, so you did your Step 3 board, um, 50 percent of us at that time had either do a general, uh, general medical officer tour, call it a GMO, or we can go into residency and continue on.

And so I had to do a GMO tour. And with the GMO tour, you can just be a primary care doctor. Or you can go into undersea medicine or flight, uh, aviation medicine. And so I talked to all the flight surgeons and everybody was like, Oh my, that was the coolest thing ever. And I was like, I need to be in the coolest thing ever.

I need to be where it’s awesome. And you know, and then I need to have, you know, you have that Top Gun, Tom Cruise experience where you’re like, I want to walk down [00:36:00] in my flight suit. Right. Like that slow motion and then like, you know, that, that 80s music in the back. And so, uh, so yeah, of course. So I became a flight surgeon for, uh, four years.

You got that 

Will: experience. That was, it was accurate, right? That’s how it is. I would 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: say, I would say like one of the things that we, we do like you, like for, you know, for breakfast, you only eat bananas because they taste the same going in as they come out. So, bananas is what pilots will have, um, and then, it’s true, it’s true, definitely proven.

Um, and then I never thought that I’d ever like fly a plane or, you know, fly a helicopter and so, uh, rotary was my, uh, was my platform, so helicopters. So I was in Jacksonville, Florida, uh, as the command wing flight surgeon. And doing all of that, especially with military medicine, that’s what then moved me away from neurology over into emergency medicine and to EMS.

So, uh, so that’s how my, uh, kind of trajectory went. [00:37:00] 

Will: But do you still get a little excited when a urology case comes into the, a urology patient comes 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: into the emergency room? Yes. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: Oh my goodness. I will. 

Will: Oh, you’ve had an erection for four hours? I got the doctor for you. Just wait 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: right here. Yes, exactly. Yes.

All the 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: things. It’s true. I will, I will say on a more serious note though, a couple of years ago, my husband got diagnosed with renal cancer. And, you know, when you hear the word cancer, and, and I know this is personal for you, you both as well, like everything, I thought, you know, I was in that patient seat, right?

Where everything was like, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, you know, Charlie Brown’s mom. And, um, she brought me down. She’s like, Oh, I remember my urology stuff. Okay, what kind of cancer was that? Okay, all they gotta do is, um, I think take the kidney out, and then no chemo, no radiation, you’re good. And I’m like, yeah, okay.

And then, and then the urologist comes in and says the exactly the same thing. And I was like, well, Thank God for that urology knowledge, because I was just like, My 

Kristin: husband’s [00:38:00] dying. Right. It’s a scary word. It’s very scary, right? 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: There you go. And it was great to like, you know, to reassure and also to, because I think, you know, especially when you have people coming to you and especially when you are in the medical field and now something has happened to you and you’re like, what the hell?

Because and, you know, and so to, you know, help the, you know, Sylvia and her husband, you know, Jason at that time and being like, listen, it’s okay. Make sure that he stays, get the CT scan, like, you know, like literally, you know, you got two kidneys, that’s why you got to think through his system, you know, like, you know, like I just like reassuring these things and one kidney, you can still have a fantastic life.

You can still do everything that you want to do in life and be happy. And so that was me just like, okay, I’m just like, I’m here for you. And I’ll be that, I’ll be that boulder that you need to lie 

Will: in. Yeah, I’m all about that duplicate system with the eyes, you know. That’s true. I thought, I thought 

Kristin: you were going somewhere else.

Will: Well, Well, I mean, [00:39:00] speaking of urology, I guess, yes. Yeah, yeah, duplicate down there. That didn’t help me out as much. 

Kristin: It didn’t, yeah, it just meant you got to do it twice. Oh my goodness. 

Will: But I say, over and over again, I’ve said testicles are a bit overrated. That’s all, it’s just like, you can get by without them, okay.

Let’s, let’s Let’s take a, uh, let’s take a quick break. We’ll be right back.

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Okay, we are back with Dr. Tripp and Dr. Owusu Ansah, and, uh, one thing, Ricky, I want to, you mentioned this to us before we started recording, but since you brought up, you know, you talked about being a flight surgeon and, and being doing like the whole, uh, uh, you know, walking in slow motion out to the cockpit and everything, and, you [00:41:00] know, um, so I’m sure you have a call sign, right?

Like, what, Top Gun, what were the, it was like, Oh yeah, like Maverick and Goose. Like Maverick and Goose, and Rooster, was there a Rooster? I don’t know a Rooster. Anyway. So, so I’m dying to know, what was yours? 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: So, uh, you know, there’s always, you know, a, uh, conditioning when you decide to join a squadron. And, um, so my call sign, uh, which at first I was like, yeah, but then they broke it down and I was like, Oh no.

So, my healthline was Dr. Dre. So, of course, I was like, what’s West Coast music? I was like, dun dun dun, do a little crit walk for a second. But, however, um, I then found out that it’s actually Dr. D R E, digital rectal exam. So, Oh, yes. So that is different. It’s very different because, um, different, very different.

I was outta three s uh, out of three flight surgeons. I was the only female, and so I was the only one that had the smallest fingers. And so my clinic was [00:42:00] always full compared to my male colleagues because I had the women that wanted to do their pap smears, the winning, having woman. And I also had all the older men that when they had their prostate exam, they were like, I ain’t going with them.

I want a woman. Your fingers are small. Split in and out. In and out. And then they’re like, and then, and then sometimes they were like, you want to have dinner first? I was like, you’re making this even more awkward than it needs to be. Like, literally, let’s just get this done. I’m using the lube. Don’t worry.

And I’m going to be in and out. That’s it. So that’s where. Dr. Dre or Dr. DRE came from, from my call 

Will: sign. You got, you got, you got pigeonholed a bit as the rectal exam doctor. Okay. All right. How long did that last? It 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: was a long time. Even some of the wives of like the pilots would come to me and be like, you know what?

You saw my husband naked too. And I was like. I don’t know what to say. This is awkward. I don’t know what to say. I was like, check out these fried tomatoes. Oh, they’re so delicious. Yes, let me go. 

Kristin: Well, did you ever get them back for [00:43:00] naming you 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: something like that? Not necessarily, I would have to say. I mean, I would Say, I guess my comeback was, thank you so much, Lady G, for bringing this up.

My comeback was every time that I would fly, I would always tell them that we about to fly in the vagina pit. We’re not the cockpit. And they were like, what? And I was like, exactly. The vagina pit. Today it is. Let’s go. Give me that collective. I like that. I like that. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that.

Interestingly, I said this until like a high school type of like, you know, mentorship. And I will say a parent came back and was like, you can’t call, say vagina. And I was like, they’re in high school. They need to know better what a vagina and penis is. So I was like, let’s, let’s go with anatomy. That’s not urology.

Exactly. And some testicles, you know, all that. They didn’t know everything. Oh, mammary glands. It’s just anatomy. Anatomy. So, yeah. So, that’s the only thing I would say that I did get back was, yes, everyone knew that, uh oh, here [00:44:00] comes, here comes, uh, here comes Doc and, uh, and, uh, we’re going to bite in your vagina pit today and I was like, that is correct.

Oh my goodness. That’s what we’re about to do. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: Thank you. 

Will: Well, I’m glad all these experiences have shaped your life so much. To the point to where you are now, it’s served you well, it’s served you well. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: It’s the women’s health and the women’s hospital. So there you go. There you go. Actually, urology was always going to be, always going to be with me.

Yeah. No matter what. Yeah. 

Will: Well, and then, so, so you talked about how, uh, you’re this entity, uh, Acoma United. you know, developed. It started with the Damar Hamlin, um, and doing advocacy around that event. Uh, was it, how long after that did you form this, this organization of yours? Was it just like, oh, we gotta, we gotta do something a bit more organized here.

This is, we, we, there can, there’s really an opportunity to, to really reach out to the community. Um, so did you start this kind of right after that? Is that when it really started to [00:45:00] pick 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: up? I would say the idea probably came even before then, but we’re just so busy because again, we, we have a middle school pathway program and we have a save a life day that we’ve been doing since the height of the pandemic in 2020.

Will: You keep adding things that you’re doing, like, how do you, what’s the deal here? How many hours in a day are there in, in, in Pittsburgh? Well, there’s two of them. Yeah, there’s 

Kristin: two 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: of us. So 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: we split the load. So, so I think it’s, it’s always been lurking. I think. You know, the Damar Hamlin thing was the, you know, that just kind of put you over, put us over, and then we did a couple of community engagements, again, like I said, after the Damar Hamlin gathering, and people just, within the community, just Came straight to us even though we were collaborating with other people and so Ricky and I said we just have to do something Um, so probably about a couple months afterwards and and just the idea of it We had a lot of community leaders and collaborators say yeah, we’ll get you we’ll get you going We had Joe Massero from Massero construction who [00:46:00] set up something for us.

We had her Uh, Kenan Holmes from Ebony Law did like our filing for a discount, um, like the community just jumped on board and even our own institution, uh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC, we spoke to their lawyers as well, making sure that, you know, we’re working together collaboratively. Um, and they were all for it and, uh, wanted to support us in this.

Um, and so it just kind of took a life of its own. It’s one of those things that, you know, as you know, we’re already doing it, like EM, doctors, that’s what we, CPR is what we do, stop the bleed is what we do, so it was just, it made, it just made sense after several community gatherings, I think back to back, and, and the reception that we received from our community.

Will: And so now you’re a few years into Acoma United. What does it look like now? I’m sure. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: And I just wanted to add in just a little bit too, is one of the things with the National Association EMSP, I was in for, I was in, uh, our DEI committee. And so that’s one of the things that Sylvia [00:47:00] Owls and myself basically, uh, joined in and formed the Task Force 2 committee, and one of the things that was found from the research was that, especially in communities of color, having the less amount of bystander response and AED placement, and recognizing that, especially within those communities, that’s another reason why that drove us.

to really form, um, Occupy United. And then when we go into these communities, especially where there’s been a lot of historically marginalized with having experimentation and things where medicine and science has not been that great within these marginalized communities. And being able to come in there as being a person that I look like you and people being like, wow, I could be a doctor or we, Always we get, we’re like, are you guys really doctors?

Like you guys are so down to earth and you’re answering our questions and things. And then to develop that mentorship and have people realize that, like, I am an advocate for you. When you, like, I even have people call me, like, are you in the ED today? And I’m like, uh, no, I’m not like, okay, I think I can wait.

[00:48:00] When are you going to be in that, in the ED? And, you know, and at first, of course, I’m like, You should, if it’s an emergency, you need to go to the emergency department, like don’t wait for my shift, but it’s one of those things that, you know, that’s why we wanted to really form Okami United too, to really address those, you know, prominent issues within these communities of color, where, you know, we’re having.

people that are dying because there has not been any response. And so that’s why we wanted to make sure that we’re targeting that area. And I will say that how it’s looking now, uh, was in things that we are continuing to doing, you know, trying to, you know, broadcast, you know, market, you know, that we are in existence, go to different community, uh, was from centers and then also organizations and teaching them.

And then, you know, the last one they did was, was focused on renewal. And that was in McKees Rocks. And it was interesting that people were like, wow, like, I feel like I actually learned something. Because, you know, like when you do BLS instructor classes and things like that, like, you know, sometimes people are just like, all right, good, just give me my card and then I’m ready to go.

But [00:49:00] after, you know, you know, when we actually taught, like, they’re like, wow, I feel like I actually feel enlightened. I feel empowered. And, you know, and thank you so much for coming United. And so that’s one of the things that we want to make sure that we are giving that back into the community is that empowerment, that you can save life and every.

Life is 

Kristin: worth 

Will: saving. It’s such a good example of, of just starting on the ground level, you know, in your community. And it’s just, it’s a takeaway that I think everybody can, can draw from in their own community, right? Because a lot of, a lot of CPR education is like person to person, like, Hey, You know, we really need to increase the numbers so we can actually save lives here in this community that we’re in.

And so seeing a success story like yours, I think can hopefully inspire people to do it where they live. 

Kristin: Yeah, just some grassroots, you know, whatever you’ve got available. [00:50:00] It’s not complicated. Like you said, it’s not a complicated maneuver, so, um, yeah, anybody can do it. You guys 

Will: are proof. Well, I do, I, you know, in the, in the spirit of, of CPR, um, I have a little activity game for us to play here.

Um, now this is usually one where we’ve done this a couple of times where I just kind of embarrassed myself, but, uh, we’re going to try again. This is my favorite one. Yes. So, um. I know, we’re all 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: like. This is 

Will: uh, 

Kristin: It’s a low bar 

Will: though. Yes, this is, I actually don’t have like a good name for this game.

Humdinger is the, is the, the classic thing from that game Cranium. Oh, okay. Where you, you hum a song, and then everybody’s gotta guess what song it is, but these are all songs that you can do CPR to. Oh, okay. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: On the right tempo. Yes, okay. Alright, alright. Okay, let’s do this. Sylvia, this is all I can do. And like, No, no, no, don’t put it on me.

No, no, no. Don’t put it on me, girl. Come on. Okay. Okay. 

Will: We got this. We got this. We’ll see. We’ll see. I mean, am I guessing too? [00:51:00] Uh, yeah, you can throw it out if you know it. You know, you’re, you’re pretty bad at this though, too. 

Kristin: Like you’re 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: not great. So are you. So. I’m just saying, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: I’m just 

Will: saying, it, it, it might be me, but.

Kristin: was going to say, again, you can only work with what you’re given. 

Will: All right, here we go. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. I 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: will survive. Cause I got all my love to give cause I will survive. Cause I will survive. Cause I will survive. Cause I will survive. We should 

Kristin: be doing this the other way around. They should be humming.

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: That’s what I’m talking about, Sylvia. We do this all the time. Imagine 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: our CPR classes. Our CPR classes sometimes the participants are like, can we bring it back? 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: It’s a little dance party. 

Will: So I didn’t include staying alive because everyone knows staying [00:52:00] alive. Maybe some people aren’t fans of the Bee Gees.

I don’t know. Try 

Kristin: something else. We’re getting, we’re getting old. Oh, hold 

Will: on a second. All right. All right. Here we go. Here we go. Next one. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: Um, Um, 

Will: Um, Um, Um, Um, Um,


Kristin: living on a prayer. Okay. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Come on, Nick. You’ll make 

Will: it, I swear. Oh.

There you go. Exactly. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Alright, we’ve got two more. Okay. Oh, no, I’ve got more. Oh, [00:53:00] snap. 

Will: There’s more. I thought you were done. Oh, no. I’ve got more. Alright. Oh, snap. Oh, you’re the dance singer! Oh, you 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: just said her! And I thought I 

Will: heard her but 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: the kid is not my son. But the kid is not my 

Will: son. There you go. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Twice, dance, dance, twice, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: whoo!

Oh my goodness. I’m sorry. That’s her favorite song. Can we get some Michael 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Jackson in? Good. That’s the only one I got. 

Kristin: Yeah, you knew that 

Will: one right away. If you’re just podcast at this moment, these are songs you can do CPR to. 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Yes, that’s right. All right. Coming to a press department near you. 

Will: Last one.


Dr. Rickquel Tripp: Oh, the amber, right? Amba, right? Yeah. Yeah. It played that dancing. Queen dancing. 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: Queen dancing. There you go. Dancing 

Will: Queen.

I dunno the words. Either [00:54:00] I. The words either. Yes. That was it. Oh, you guys got all of them. Look at that. 

Kristin: They’re 

Will: good. You, I, I want to take a CPR class. 

Kristin: I know. I 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: mean, come on. We’re 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: ready. We’re ready. Well, actually, actually the whole purpose of Akomi United is to come to the community. So we will come to, uh, you know, community near you.

That, that is the sole purpose of, you know, it’s, it’s really hard for certain communities to come to institutions and learn. And so. We say we will come to you like Uber Eats and Grubhub and everything else that’s coming to people nowadays. Amazon. Right. 

Will: So tell us where people can find more information about Acoma 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: United.

Fantastic. Well, you can check out our website with www. acomayunited. com. And, uh, and you’ll get to see a lot of the latest things that we’ve been involved in from, uh, I would say, uh, different podcasts from different news articles, things in that nature, um, and then [00:55:00] also how to get a hold of us. And, um, so we have like a phone number there, we have email address, so definitely if you are interested in having a Coming United come to, uh, you know, a place near you, definitely feel free to reach out to us and, um, and definitely, as you can see, we have fun with our CPR class because we realize that people actually, you know, they learn when they enjoy.

And um, and recognizing that, you know, this is something that is very serious, but really, you know, saving a life is important for all of us to learn, um, no matter what age you are. 

Will: And that’s A K O M A United, Acoma United. What, anything else, uh, you want, uh, uh, people to know about before we wrap up here?

What, what else is going on in your lives? So I will 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: say, um, that we, I just had a call with the American Heart Association and, um, I did a family video of CPR and we challenged the NAEMSP and we, they did a video with CPR. And so now for June, stay tuned. We’re working on a dance challenge, [00:56:00] uh, for CPR education through the American Heart Association.

And the goal is to challenge. Somebody else, some other family, some other institute. Um, and so, so that’s coming up soon. For Acoma United, uh, we, you know, To make this work, we need the funding. Um, and so we’re going to continue to do what we’re doing. We’re next going to one of the high schools in the Hill district, one of the underserved schools and getting all of those kids their BLS certification, uh, for high school graduation.

So that’s our next, next step. But, um, and doing some work with some other healthcare systems. Uh, we also do work around diversity, equity, inclusion. So those are. Next steps. If you wanna see pictures of athletes and folks doing the thing or doing CPR, you can see that on my Instagram, uh, page at o, at osu, O-W-U-S-U-M-D.

Uh, on Instagram. So I post a lot of our CPR, uh, photos on there too. Oh, good. Oh, that’s 

Will: great. Well, it’s, uh, please keep up this [00:57:00] amazing work you’re doing. I love seeing, uh, and hearing about, you know, the, the positive impact you’re having in the community and, and just helping a lot of people. It’s fantastic.

So keep that going. And thank you so much for joining us. Really. It was a pleasure. Thank 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: you. Yes. Oh, 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: I just have one plug. Can we get a helmet with a siren on it for all those EMS physicians out there? I was thinking you could have EM physicians with multiple personalities like an ultrasound probe, med ed, a toxicologist, and a siren.

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: siren, I got it. Amazing. A helmet with a siren. With 

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah: the lights. 

Will: I love that. Yeah, exactly. And I’m also, I am working on a toxicologist too, because I, I remember being an intern in an internal, in emergency medicine and just calling up the toxicologist, the poison control, whoever it was, and just like them telling me exactly what to do.

It’d be like, thank you, Mr. Toxicologist or whoever it was I was talking to. They’re [00:58:00] brilliant people. They’re brilliant. Fantastic. So yeah, good ideas. Thank you so much. Um. All right. That’s about it. So thanks guys. Take care and keep up the awesome work. so 

Dr. Rickquel Tripp: much. Thank you. Take care.

Will: Uh, hey, Kristen. Yeah. How many mites is too many mites? Uh, for 

Kristin: me, one. 

Will: Well, I have eight. That’s way too many. That’s a lot of mites, right? No one wants that many mites. You know where you find these guys? I’m afraid to know. On your eyelids. Yeah, I don’t want that. I know. But like, if you ever have red, itchy, irritated eyelids, or if you get a crusty, flaky buildup on your eyelashes.

Could be because of Demodex Blepharitis. Ugh, no. It’s caused by these guys. I don’t know. Demodex mites. I don’t want it. It’s just a thing that happens. They’re usually not this big though. Well, that’s good. Usually. Usually! They’re much smaller than this, but they can still cause major problems. And so you need to go get it checked out by an eye doctor.

Don’t get grossed out. [00:59:00] Get checked out. Get checked out. All right. Don’t get grossed out. Get checked out. To find out more, you go to eyelidcheck. com. Again, that’s E Y E L I D check C H E C K dot com to get more information about demodex blepharitis.

Oh, they were a lot of 

Kristin: fun. They were so much fun, I just kind of want to hang out with them, 

Will: they’re fun. I think I did better with my humming this time around. Yeah, 

Kristin: I think so. There were only a few times that I just couldn’t tell at all what you were doing. I 

Will: did practice a little bit. Did you? I did. I feel like I really needed to bring it this time and do some humming practice.

Kristin: Yeah, I mean it’s intimidating to just hum on the spot. 

Will: Uh, yeah. No, you did good. It was good. Oh, thanks. Thanks. Oh, that was, uh, uh, I love what they’re doing and a great way to, uh, I know this is, this is in March now, but to kind of end heart month. 

Kristin: Right. [01:00:00] Every month can be heart 

Will: month. That’s true. You can think about hearts other months.

Kristin: Your heart is beating. Every month, every day. So yeah, CPR is 

Will: useful anytime. Yes, absolutely. Um, so should we do a story? Let’s do a story. Let’s do it. So fan story from Robert. Robert says, Hi, I’m a UK listener who really enjoys the podcast. I thought you might enjoy this story. Earlier this year, I managed to break my leg really badly.

That’s no good. And found myself in the care of the ortho bros. We love ortho bros. Yeah. After one of the operations, one of the, I had multiple operations I had to, I had to have, I came out in a rash following an allergic reaction to the antibiotics on the ward round. I was examined by some of the junior orthopedic doctors.

They began to discuss what to do about the rash. And before I could stop, I heard myself saying, oh yeah. What a relief. A good reason to refer to Medicine Bros in my finest Glockenflecken impersonation. I was quite embarrassed, but fortunately it turns out that [01:01:00] the junior doctors are both Glockenflecken fans as well.

They both started laughing and later presented my case to the, uh, attending. With full ortho bro mannerisms. No, it’s awesome. He took a, 

Kristin: he took a swing. 

Will: He took a swing. Could have been a miss. I think it worked. It connected. Thank you for that story, Robert. And send us your stories. Knock, knock high at human content.

com. Tell us what you thought about the episode today. We’d love to hear your thoughts. What else is, what’s going on in the, uh, in your community surrounding cardiac arrest? Are you, are you working on something? We’d love to hear from you and, and give you a shout out on the podcast if you’re, if you have some kind of initiative surrounding cardiac arrest, CPR, uh, we love highlighting those types of stories, uh, like we did today.

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Kristin: them. It’s great. Well, you know, I’m a, I’m a marketer. I’m always interested in like, Hey, what do you like? What do you not like? Absolutely. How can we make this. 

Will: If you subscribe and comment on your favorite podcasting app and on YouTube, we can give you a shout out.

Like today at letter lady Z on YouTube said as the episode ended, my four year old sitting on my lap and playing on a tablet said with it, knock, knock, goodbye. Yes. It’s the best thing I’ve heard all day. Keep the episodes coming. That’s awesome. Thank you For your, uh, your four year, four year old. Yeah, we got four year old fans 

Kristin: I guess so they at least like our song.

So that’s really Omer You know, we have to thank for 

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com or reach out to us, knockknockhighathuman content. com with any questions, concerns, or fun medical puns. I think you should 

Kristin: start doing that, that uh, section in a different character’s voice every time. 

Will: Oh yeah, I think I should do like an ortho thing, or maybe a neurologist or something. Yeah, just 

Kristin: go through the list, you know.

Will: Knock, knock, hi, it’s a human content production, bro.


Hey, Kristen. Yeah? Healthcare workers are struggling these days. I know, there’s 

Kristin: a lot 

Will: of burnout. A lot of administrative burden that’s driving that burnout. 

Kristin: Yeah, it’s certainly a major contributor. 

Will: Clinicians spend up to two hours on administrative tasks for each hour of care provided to 

Kristin: the patient.

Yeah, that should not 

Will: be the ratio. That’s not sustainable. No. Fortunately. We have the Nuance Dragon Ambient Experience, or DAX for short. Oh, is that why you’ve 

Kristin: got your little friend there? Oh, 

Will: you noticed. Oh, he did? Yes, this is the DAX co pilot. He’s very cute. Isn’t he? He’s got wings. He’s there to fly us to a world of less burnout and more efficiency by giving us this AI powered Ambient technology that sits there in the room with you while you’re with the patient, and it helps you document the encounter so you can spend more time developing that patient clinician relationship.


Kristin: right. You don’t have to be looking at your computer. It’s capturing it for 

Will: you. It’s great. To learn more about how DAX Copilot can help reduce burnout and restore the joy of practicing [01:06:00] medicine, stick around after the episode or visit Nuance. com slash Discover DAX. That’s N U A N C E dot com slash Discover DAX.