….. Do not use clingfilm/wrap for chemical burns. Where the eyes become affected by a chemical, they should be opened and flushed thoroughly with water. If a single eye is contaminated, position the head, so the injured eye is below the healthy eye. This will prevent run off of the chemical into the unaffected eye when flushing. Contact the emergency services to organise immediate medical attention. If alone initially flushing the eye should take priority over calling the emergency services.
Try to gather as much information as possible about the chemical involved and a history of events immediately before the injury occurred.
If available, follow treatment guidelines either on the container or from the appropriate Safety Data Sheet.
Further information may be obtained by calling the National Poisons Centre. 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766.
Finally, do not try to neutralise acid or alkali burns. It will lead to further damage caused by significant heat generation occurring.
When managing thermal burns, Stop the burning. Cool the site of the burn. Cover the burn
When managing electrical burns, Isolate the power supply. Commence CPR if required. Cover and cool the site of the burn.
REMEMBER S.T.O.P. Stop and assess the scene.
Think, have I got the necessary equipment available to manage this emergency. Has anybody called the emergency services?
Observe, are there any dangers to me, bystanders or the victim?
Protect yourself at all times and keep re-evaluating the dangers throughout the emergency.
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