Acid Attacks and Chemical Burns | First Aid

hello I’m Emma Hammett the founder and CEO of Thursday for life and online first aid calm I keep being asked about how you would treat if you were someone if they were affected by an acid attack or involved with a chemical burn and sadly there’s been a huge spate of added attacks lately and 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 and the treatment and 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 is not going to 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 and because if it’s Birdmen it will burn you as well and you need to flush the area wherever they have been 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 ice 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 cheating is loads of loads of water and as much as you possibly can remove any effective clothing remove them from the contaminated area and get medical help as quickly as you can I do hope that’s been helpful that Demma hammock from first people iPhone online so stay calm

1 comment

  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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