Ambulance Trust backs new acid attack guidance

Date: 01 September 2017

Acid Attack Infographic

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is supporting new advice to help victims of acid attacks.

The guidance to ‘Report, Remove, Rinse’ was issued by the NHS this week following a recent rise in demand for NHS help nationally.

Whilst the overall number of people impacted by this type of attack remains low, people are advised to take three simple steps in the event they witness or are victim of an attack:

  • Report the attack: dial 999.
  • Remove contaminated clothing carefully.
  • Rinse skin immediately in running water.

Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery at EEAST, said: “Fortunately these events are very rare but it is important the public knows how best to help a victim should they encounter such an attack.

“One moment of thoughtless violence can result in serious physical pain and mental trauma, which can involve months if not years of specialist NHS treatment.

“So-called acid attacks are medical emergencies and people should immediately dial 999. This clear and easy to follow guidance outlines what first steps to take in those crucial minutes before our professional help arrives on the scene.”

  • Summary:

    The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is supporting new advice to help victims of acid attacks.