Policy briefing

Acid attacks

Read our policy briefing on new guidance for helping in the immediate aftermath when people are injured in an acid attack.

Read our policy briefing on new guidance for helping in the immediate aftermath when people are injured in an acid attack

Essential facts

New first-aid guidance to help acid attack victims has been published by the NHS and burns professionals.

Those first on the scene of an attack, including health professionals, are advised to ‘Report, remove and rinse’  to ensure the best outcome for the victim.

NHS England has issued the public advice as the number of attacks has increased, as has the number of people needing specialist medical advice. In 2014, 16 people required such advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and to 32 last year, the organisation says.

The poster, issued with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)  and the British Burn Association, tells people to report an attack by dialling  999,


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