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Acid attack advice from NHS

SURVIVOR: Pauline Williams suffered an acid attack in Bristol in 2004

NEW GUIDELINES have been shared by the NHS today, to assist anyone who suffers from an acid attack, in the wake of a troubling rise in such crimes throughout the UK.

The advice can be summarised and easily remembered with the three 'R's - report (call 999), remove (affected clothing) and rinse, which urges victims to pour water on the burns.

Professor Chris Moran, National Clinical Director for Trauma at NHS England, said:

“Whilst this type of criminal assault remains rare, the NHS is caring for an increasing number of people who have fallen victim to these cowardly attacks.

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

“So-called acid attacks are medical emergencies and people should immediately dial 999. We are issuing guidance today that sets out clearly and simply how people can help themselves and others in response to attacks. Our guidance will outline what first steps to take in the event of an attack in those crucial minutes before professional clinical help arrives on the scene.”

National Police Chiefs Council figures reveal that the number of acid burns needing specialist treatment has doubled since 2014.

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