Wrenger N, Staples R, Grässel E, Drexler H, Clarner A (2015)
Publication Type: Journal article
Publication year: 2015
Book Volume: 50
Pages Range: 824-828
Journal Issue: 11
Objectives: Health care experts recommend prompt low-threshold psychosocial assistance for employees who have experienced a potentially traumatic event. Collegial first response constitutes such a form of acute care: colleagues of those involved in the accident come straight to the scene, where it is their job to look after the employees concerned. How this is viewed by the people involved has been unclear until now. The objective, therefore, was to gather initial findings about the experience of collegial first response within the context of a potentially traumatic event. Methods: As part of a prospective cohort study, 22 drivers at a German transport company were asked in guideline-based interviews about their experience of suffering an accident at work and the care provided at the scene of the accident. The material collected was assessed with the help of a structured content analysis based on Mayring and a classification system designed to be deductive/inductive. Findings: The experience of the accident could be broken down into four consecutive periods of time: the moment of the accident, the ensuing interval, the time spent dealing with the damage and the departure from the scene of the accident. During this time the people affected felt helpless and overwhelmed at first. They then looked for something that could give them security and guidance. The arrival of a collegial peer supporter at the scene of the accident came as a great relief to the people concerned. The peer supporter was perceived as someone who could give them a sense of no longer being alone at the scene of the accident, of being cared for and receiving assistance. Conclusions: The experience of an accident cannot be reduced down to the moment in which it suddenly occurs. In fact, for those affected it continues until leaving the scene of the accident and beyond. Their state of health at this time cannot typically be described as stable. Collegial first response plays a vital role in the system of assistance deployed at the scene of the accident from the perspective of the people involved.
Wrenger, N., Staples, R., Grässel, E., Drexler, H., & Clarner, A. (2015). Der Rettungsanker am Unfallort: Erste Erkenntnisse einer qualitativen Studie über das Erleben kollegialer Erstbetreuung nach potenziell traumatisierenden Ereignissen. Arbeitsmedizin, Sozialmedizin, Umweltmedizin, 50(11), 824-828.
Wrenger, Nina, et al. "Der Rettungsanker am Unfallort: Erste Erkenntnisse einer qualitativen Studie über das Erleben kollegialer Erstbetreuung nach potenziell traumatisierenden Ereignissen." Arbeitsmedizin, Sozialmedizin, Umweltmedizin 50.11 (2015): 824-828.