5 immediate measures to minimize the effect of an acid attack
Given a recent rise in acid attacks, this the most basic first-aid care that you can provide to anyone in case of an acid attack:
1. Turn Away From The Attacker As Soon As Possible
Throwing acid on someone is an act of surprise, which is why the victim usually gets stunned and stupefied. Bringing consciousness into motion at that moment can definitely prevent the damage to a large extent.
2. Rinse The Affected Area With Cold Water
Put the affected area under cold running water for as long as the burning sensation doesn’t stop. Make sure that the water isn’t contaminated as it could lead to more infections in the affected area. The spray of water shouldn’t be hard as well.
3. Remove Any Jewelry Or Clothing With Acid On It
Removal of any clothing or jewelry (incl. rings and watches) with acid on it is the next step. The contaminated jewelry or clothing can severely increase the magnitude of burns by reacting with the acid.
4. Remove The Chemical From The Affected Area
Don’t let the acid stay on the skin for a long duration of time as the longer it stays, the more it’ll react with the skin and more damage it’ll cause. Let the water rinse it through or use gloves to remove the chemical from the skin as soon as possible.
5. Call For An Ambulance / Seek Medical Attention
While you are trying to provide first aid care to the victim, do not forget to call for medical assistance as there’s not really much what you can do to save the victim. A medical practitioner understands the know-hows of determining the type of acid and the consequential treatment of its burns.
IMPORTANT: Acids react violently with base causing huge amounts of heat to release which can actually cause an even higher degree of burns. Avoid pouring milk on the affected area.
Remember to stay alerted and responsive.
May you never have to use it.