Sadly, when people are injured or unwell and in need of First Aid help in crowded areas, studies have shown that the more people are nearby, the less likely you are to get urgent help,
This is due to what is called the 'Bystander Effect'. I've actually seen it happen where someone goes down and everyone around sort of slows down, looks around to see who is going to help and it ends in a psychological stalemate and help is not offered...
Social psychologists study the circumstances in which people offer help to others.
The Bystander Effect
Research shows that people are less likely to offer help to someone in distress if other people are also present. This is called the Bystander Effect. The probability that a person will receive help decreases as the number of people present increases.
Diffusion of responsibility contributes to the bystander effect. A person does not feel as responsible for helping someone if several others are also present, since responsibility is distributed among all those present.
Influences on Helping
Researchers have proposed that bystanders who witness an emergency will help only if three conditions are met:
They notice the incident.They interpret the incident as being an emergency situation.They assume responsibility for helping.
Researchers suggest that people are most likelyto help others in certain circumstances:
They have just seen others offering help.They are not in a hurry.They share some similarities with the person needing help.They are in a small town or a rural setting.They feel guilty.They are not preoccupied or focused on themselves.They are happy.The person needing help appears deserving of help.
Reasons for Helping Others
Some social psychologists use the Social Exchange Theory to explain why people help others. They argue that people help each other because they want to gain as much as possible while losing as little as possible.
The social responsibility norm also explains helping behavior. The Social Responsibility Norm is a societal rule that tells people they should help others who need help even if doing so is costly.
According to a recent report by Ambulance Victoria, the chances of surviving a Cardiac Failure in Melbourne is now higher than ever - thanks to people like you.
"The VACAR Annual Report, released today, found a record 64 per cent of onlookers attempted CPR if they witnessed someone collapse in cardiac arrest. In 2005-06 the rate was 35 per cent."
"It also found bystanders used Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on patients in a shockable rhythm 70 times in 2014-15, a six-fold increase on the 10 times AEDs were used in 2005-06."
"The report shows 77 per cent of patients who were working prior to their cardiac arrest returned to work within a year."
This is a fantastic result but we still have a long way to go.
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If one of your mates, family members or colleagues complained that they were feeling unwell, dizzy, tired, nauseous, looked pale and sweaty or of pains in their chest, neck, left-arm or back, would you know who to call? If someone suddenly dropped to the ground and stopped breathing, would you panic and do nothing, or would you follow DRS ABCD?
It's that simple. Knowing what to do in a crisis makes for a great-mate. Are you CPR ready?
In our previous post, we looked at recent statistics of Cardiac Arrests which happened here in Victoria in 2013-14. We learnt that the 0-40 age bracket makes up a considerable percentage of incidents. We also learnt that the rate at which those people who experience Cardiac Arrest and were able to then leave Hospital after recovery was sadly, low (2-22%).
Learning how to promptly and appropriately provide CPR to another person doesn't need to be an overly scientific experience nor does it need to be considered a chore. Our background in CPR and First Aid comes from many, many years providing First Aid in the workplace, across a broad spectrum of Industry. We have provided CPR in both the workplace and in public. We will pass on to you, the skills and knowledge to confidently respond should a crisis ever arise.
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Work Health and Safety isn't just for 'dangerous' occupations. Risks and Hazards occur in every Industry and just because it hasn't happened to you yet, doesn't mean it won't!
WorkSafe are holding their annual Health and Safety Week 19-28 October in Victoria. It's free to register and attend most seminars, presentations, displays and discussions and it's a fantastic opportunity to network, pick up handy advice and information and invaluable resource material.
We'll be attending in Melbourne from 26-27th and we'd love to see you there.
When someone has a Heart Attack, blood supply to the heart has been cut off - either suddenly (usually due to an arterial blockage), or because the heart is fibrillating and blood-supply is inadequate. This needn't be the final scene for anyone.
While the technical application of CPR, by itself is not usually sufficient save a life it can aide in maintaining basic functions long enough for advanced medical care to become available - if applied promptly and appropriately.
It would be unwise to assume that mostly older citizens would require CPR however. Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest can occur anytime, anywhere. Heart disease, is the single, biggest killer of Women in Australia. 40% of women have experienced no chest pain and ignored other signs and symptoms - thus making women much more likely to die.
We've conducted CPR & First Aid training and assessment in some pretty interesting places... Dirty, concrete factory floors, storage sheds, precariously pool-side, schools and child-care facilities, outside on a sports-ground, in RSLs, Karate schools and care-facilities, gyms, training studios, cross-fit boxes, dental surgeries and laboratories, airports and radio-stations. Yep - We go wherever the training is needed.
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"...provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, adequate facilities for the welfare of employees at any workplace under the control and management of the employer" (Section 21[d])
How this relates to First Aid is very straightforward and Worksafe Victoria have issued guidelines for First Aid in the Workplace.
According to the above Guidelines:
"Employees need to be given information and instruction on first aid in the workplace, including:
• the location of first aid kits
• the names and work location of trained first aid officers
• procedures to be followed when first aid or further assistance is required"
Further, the Guidelines state:
"The information and instruction needs to be provided:
• as part of employees’ induction training
• if there is a change in the location of first aid facilities (eg first aid room)
• if there are any changes in the names, locations or contact details of first aid officers
• at appropriate intervals or as determined by a risk assessment
(if the employer chooses this approach in option 2)."
In addition to the above:
"Information needs to be provided in a form that all employees can understand.
Consideration needs to be given to how information on first aid facilities may
be provided for people with non-English speaking backgrounds and people
with disabilities. This may include using:
• audio and visual aids
• graphics (eg posters)
• simple English phrases
• people who speak the same language to provide information
• interactive practical demonstrations."
The prescribed approach towards complying with these Guidelines will ensure you have the correct number of First Aid kits to cover all employees and will also suggest the number of trained First Aiders, however we currently and will always encourage ALL employees to obtain at least CPR certification so that they can further uphold their own obligations under the current OHS Act (Vic.) 2004.
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