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NHS provides public advice on how to respond to sudden acid attacks

By Herald Keeper
By Olivia Tucker

The NHS along with the burnt specialists are providing official advice to the public about how to respond quickly and provide first aid service in case of an acid attack. Attacks comprising of corrosive substances are increasing day by day.  As we know acid attack takes place suddenly and can burn your face or body within seconds, hence it becomes quite important to advise people regarding efficient first aid service and quick response after an acid attack. According to the health service, the cases of acid attack are all medical emergencies and it is suggested that people should immediately call 999 after the assault.

People should ensure that the contaminated clothing of the victim should be taken off carefully and the burnt part should be rinsed thoroughly with the running water until the help comes. In short, people should focus on the 3Rs- report, remove and rinse, to successfully handle the acid attack cases. In some incidents, people might require specialist burns treatments or eye surgery as well as other reconstructive surgeries.

Jorge Leon-Villapalos who has successfully treated victims of acid attacks at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital has warned that the acid attack cases can be very alarming and heartbreaking because the suffers go through tremendous physical as well as mental pain. Some serious attacks can ruin your skin and the scarring can be long-term or permanent.

So it becomes very crucial to provide appropriate first aid as quickly as possible and in doing so the potential risks after an acid attack can be reduced and the patient can be effectively treated afterward. The immediate first aid will not only reduce the trauma of the acid but it will also help in decreasing the risks of any unwanted life-shaking injuries or fatalities. A data revealed that around 400 cases of acid attacks have been reported within six months to April. And the number of cases needing specialist burn treatments have risen from 16 in 2014 to 32 in the previous year.



One moment of irresponsible and thoughtless crime can have serious impact on the acid attack victims giving them both mental and physical trauma and the treatment can take several months and is costly too.

 

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