NHS offering advice on acid attacks

I, like many others, am concerned about the increasing amount of acid attacks taking place across the country. 

The most recent, and notable, case was in July in London when two teenagers were arrested following a series of acid attacks across the capital. Acid attacks are becoming an increasing concern and, whilst not yet common, the police have announced that more than 400 corrosive substance attacks took place between November 2016 and April 2017. 

Thankfully, the NHS have now released a guide on how to provide first aid to those who have suffered an acid attack. The first moments after the attack can be vital and have a significant impact on the effects of the attack. The NHS have advised that 999 should be called immediately and contaminated clothing should be carefully removed, with affected skin being rinsed in running water until help arrives.

The three key steps are:

  • report
  • remove
  • rinse

Hopefully this information can help any future victims of these cowardly and barbaric attacks. 

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