How to Treat a Chemical Burn

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A chemical burn treatment starts by examining the area to make sure that it is safe to enter. Discover how to brush dried chemicals away from a person's wound, and how to flush the wound with help from a first aid and CPR instructor in this free video on treating chemical burns in first aid.

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Hi, my name is Sunshine. I'm with Sunshine Safety. We're located here in Snellville, Georgia. I've been involved in the health and safety field for approximately fifteen years. I started out as a lifeguard when I was fifteen and eventually became an instructor. I now own Sunshine Safety. What we're going to talk about today is how to treat a chemical burn. With a chemical burn, the first thing you want to do is make sure the scene is safe for you to enter. If the scene is not safe, you never enter or if the scene ever becomes unsafe you must leave the scene. If the scene is safe, enter the scene and ask your victim for a consent. If consent is received, you may then give care. It is recommended that you now call 911. Once you've got your victim you do want to make sure that you protect yourself from disease transmission, the way we do that is with gloves. Once you have your gloves applied, you are then going to want to brush away any dry chemical that is located on the victim's skin. When you're brushing away, make sure you brush away from you and away from the victim, and do not brush the chemical toward any wind. Once all chemical is removed from the skin, you do want to flush the skin with large amounts of water. Keep flushing the wound until the victim feels some of the burning recede. After flushing the wound, you may want to cover the wound with a wrapping or a dressing to help prevent infection from resulting.

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