What is the Bystander Effect and How Can We Overcome it? - DefibsPlus
You may think that you are more likely to receive life-saving care if you experience a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in a crowd or busy area – but the opposite is actually true. This is due to the bystander effect; a natural phenomenon where the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely any individual is going to act to provide help. It’s a complex phenomenon but one we actively need to combat in order to support people in distress. Understanding the Bystander Effect When an emergency situation occurs, people are more likely to take action if there are fewer people around. This reaction takes place for a number of reasons, including assumptions that: Someone else is already doing somethingSomeone else is more qualified to assistYou may hurt the person further rather than helping if you try assistYou may be punished (sued or held responsible) if you try to help and fail The Bystander Effect and SCA How to Counter the Bystander Effect AEDs and Defibrillator Training in Australia
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