The three Rs: What to do if someone is the victim of an acid attack

August 31, 2017
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Witnesses to acid attacks are being told how they can help victims as the number of assaults with corrosive substances continues to rise.

Victims can be left blind or severely disfigured and the minutes after an attack are critical in helping those affected, health officials at NHS England said.

The three Rs:

Report – dial 999 to call emergency services

Remove – carefully remove contaminated clothing, ideally cutting it away. Be careful not to spread the acid, especially onto the victim’s face – or onto yourself

Rinse – immediately rinse the skin under running water

NHS England has shared the advice with emergency responders including police and ambulance personnel so they know what to do if they are called to the scene of a corrosive substance attack.

The new guidance comes as…


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