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Personal Protective Equipment such as protective overalls, gloves and glasses should be considered mandatory for healthcare providers who assist a person with a chemical burn injury.

Prolonged irrigation with water flow is the mainstay of immediate treatment of most chemical burns. Irrigation should occur as soon as possible and continue while pain persists.

  • Remove contaminated clothing from patient
  • Powdered agents should be brushed from the skin whilst protecting care giver
  • Areas of contact should be irrigated with copious amounts of cool running water
  • Avoid washing chemical over unaffected skin
  • Always ensure the unaffected eye is uppermost when irrigating to avoid contamination

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Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne