‘Give pub­lic acid-at­tack train­ing’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Sarah Knap­ton

ACID at­tacks are now so preva­lent that the pub­lic needs to be trained in help­ing vic­tims, the Royal Col­lege of Emer­gency Medicine has said.

In Lon­don alone the num­ber of at­tacks soared from 261 in 2015 to 454 last year, an in­crease of 73 per cent. Doc­tors at the Royal Col­lege and Barts Health NHS Trust said that by­standers who come to the aid of vic­tims need to know they must quickly re­move con­tam­i­nated cloth­ing and wash off the acid with lots of wa­ter, which can lessen scar­ring and the need for plas­tic surgery.

They also called for leg­is­la­tion to make the car­ry­ing of cor­ro­sive sub­stances in the street il­le­gal. “The num­ber of high-pro­file acid at­tacks has been in­creas­ing in re­cent years, espe- cially in Lon­don,” Jo­hann Grundlingh, con­sul­tant emer­gency physi­cian at Barts Health Trust, wrote in the Bri­tish

Med­i­cal Jour­nal. “The as­sailants’ in­ten­tion is not to kill, but to maim and dis­fig­ure. Cor­ro­sive sub­stances seem to be a re­place­ment for car­ry­ing knives. By­standers … can have an im­por­tant role in min­imis­ing fur­ther in­jury.”

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