Acid Attacks and Chemical Burns | First Aid

Acid Attacks and Chemical Burns | First Aid


– Hello, I’m Emma Hammett,
the founder and CEO of First Aid for Life
and onlinefirstaid.com. I keep being asked about
how you would treat someone if they were affected by an acid attack, or involved with a chemical burn. Sadly, there’s been a huge
spate of acid attacks lately. There’s been 600 in the last, sorry, 400 in the last six
months of reported incidents, and probably more as well. So it is a problem, and it is out there. You can buy sulfuric acid, sort of high percentage sulfuric acid, easily over the internet. Now I know that they’re
trying to stop this, and I hope they do that very quickly. Anyway, first aid for a chemical burn, whether it’s caused by an acid attack or caused by an industrial
incident or household chemical, the treatment in the first
aid is pretty much the same. Although, if you’re talking
about high intensity acids, then you’re obviously
needing a lot of water. And a small amount of water
is not going to do it. So the key thing is to remove the acid as quickly as possible, and flush it with as much
water as you possibly can. A small bottle of water
for an acid attack, it’s not going to work. It’s not going to be enough. It’s better than nothing, but
it’s not going to be enough. You need to flood the area. And you need to protect yourself as well. So wear gloves if you can. Ensure that you’re not being
splashed by the runoff, because if it’s burnt them,
it will burn you as well. And you need to flush the area wherever they had the acid
over them with as much water as you possibly can for
at least 20 minutes. And whilst you’re flushing it with water, you then need to remove the clothing as quickly and carefully as you can. Be very careful of the
runoff, as I’ve said. Be very careful if you
are irrigating the eyes that you are not ending
up with the affected, or the water that has the chemical in it, going into the unaffected side. So make sure you lean
them to the right way so that the runoff is
not going to be affecting the unaffected area, if that makes sense. So key thing is loads and loads of water as much as you possibly can. Remove any affected clothing. Remove them from the contaminated area. And get medical help
as quickly as you can. I do hope that’s been helpful. That’s Emma Hammett
from First Aid for Life and onlinefirstaid.com.

1 thought on “Acid Attacks and Chemical Burns | First Aid”

  1. is there some neutralizing agent such as baking soda or other bases that we could keep close by so we can splash ourselves and make the acid inert since its impossible to walk around with that much water?

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