Acid attacks and women's safety

Posted by Anoop Madhavan of Survival Instincts
on MAR 20, 2013

Join our First Aid or Women's Safety classes to learn more advanced emergency medical response procedures for such crimes.

Acid attacks, crimes known as 'Vitriolage', are increasing against women in Chennai and Tamil Nadu these days. While we clamor for difficult solutions to

the problem such as the outright ban of acids, or increased punishments for the attackers, we often overlook the most obvious, easiest, and necessary solution – EFFECTIVE FIRST AID.

Basic first aid for acid burns from the most common acids such as Hydrochloric, Sulfuric, or Nitric are the same as for other chemical burns. For advanced first aid procedures, ingestion / inhalation procedures and procedures for dealing with water insoluble acids like Carbolic acid (Phenol), please attend our women’s safety classes.

Step 1 – As soon as the acid makes contact with the body, all clothing or jewelry that are in contact with the acid must be removed. If clothing is stuck to the body, please do not pull it – cut around instead.

Step 2 – Wash the exposed area with slightly cooler than room temperature water for at least 20-30 minutes depending on the amount of exposed area. Remember, the longer the acid remains on your skin the more serious the damage.

Be cautious – do NOT wash the area with either very cold or hot water. When washing one eye, keep the other unaffected eye above.

Step 3 – Do NOT apply home remedies such as oils, butter, burn creams, etc, to the area. Do NOT put ice on the area.

Step 4 – If the acid has penetrated anywhere in the exposed area through the top layer of the skin (second degree), or if the burn is larger than 3 inches in diameter, or if the hands, feet, eyes, face, large joint, or groin has been affected, after first aid, proceed to an emergency care facility.

Step 5 – Monitor victim for signs of shock.

Women's Self Defense Chennai: Advancement in technology has made information available to most of the people - but do we get right information? Exposing people to facts based on scientific evidence and preparation for the same can help people to prevent or reduce the impact of any emergency situation. Survival Instincts First Aid program provides with the facts based on scientific evidences and provides hands on training to give first aid in medical emergency situations.

About the Author

Anoop Madhavan is the founder of Survival Instincts. He is certified by the American Red Cross both as a health & safety training instructor and an emergency medical responder. He also holds a Wilderness First Responder certification from the Center for Wilderness Safety and a Professional Lifeguard Certification from the American Lifeguards Association.

As a safety expert, Mr. Madhavan's expert is mostly sort by 5 star hotels, large multinational corporate houses, and big manufacturing plants. He has provided survival training for the Indian Army and various units of Army and Navy National Cadet Corps along with first aid & disaster response training for the Indian Red Cross. He is a practitioner of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Wing Chun Kung Fu. He is familiar with many other martial arts.

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