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NHS England issues medical guidance for acid attack victims

31st August 2017

NHS England has allied with leading burns surgeons to offer new medical advice in response to the recent rise in acid attack incidents across the country.

The advice, developed in partnership with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, has urged victims or witnesses of such attacks to call 999 immediately, to carefully remove any contaminated clothing and to rinse the affected skin with running water.

The number of people requiring specialist medical help for this type of assault – which involves the hurling of corrosive substances – is on the rise, increasing from 16 in 2014 to 25 in 2015 and 32 in 2016. Another rise is expected this year.

NHS estimates suggest that the average cost of care for a victim requiring specialist burns treatment, eye care, rehabilitation and mental health treatment is 34,500 pounds, underlining the importance of making sure that the right steps are taken in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Professor Chris Moran, national clinical director for trauma at NHS England, said: "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."

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