Acid at­tack: what to do

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IT’S im­por­tant to act quickly so as to min­imise da­m­age to the eyes, skin, and sur­round­ing tis­sue.

Acid is a cor­ro­sive sub­stance, and when it comes in con­tact with the skin can cause in­tense pain and life­long in­jury.

Af­ter call­ing 999, the first step is to take pre­cau­tions your­self, warns St John Am­bu­lance.

En­sure the area around the vic­tim is safe, and that there are no pud­dles of acid that might hurt oth­ers.

Dous­ing the vic­tim with wa­ter to dis­perse the sub­stance is key, and it should be done for up to 20 min­utes.

There’s no point in search­ing for an an­ti­dote, and try­ing to neu­tralise burns with al­ka­lis should not be at­tempted un­less prop­erly trained. Fo­cus on “flood­ing” the in­jury with wa­ter.

Also im­por­tant is – if pos­si­ble – re­mov­ing con­tam­i­nated clothes that may cause fur­ther harm.

If acid is in the per­son’s eyes, hold them un­der gently run­ning cold wa­ter for at least ten min­utes, ir­ri­gat­ing the eye­lid both in and out. Don’t let them touch their eyes and don’t try to re­move con­tact lenses.

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