We had a similar situation. Neutralizing was not considered treating by the Health Center. In our case, it was an acid burn that we neutralized with bicarb. On 4/12/07 2:52 PM, "Edward Senkbeil"
wrote: > Recently we had an accident in the general chemistry lad where a student > spilled some 4.0M NaoH on her wrist. > The protocol we have followed in the past is to wash with water for 15 > minutes and then send to the University Health Center. We. normally > follow the protocol to "Protect, but not treat". The skin was slightly > red due to the spill. > > When the student reached (was escorted to) the Health Center, they said > they could not treat chemical burns. > They wanted to send her to the hospital emergency room, but the student > didn't go because of lack of insurance. > > Three days after the accident, the student's wrist still has a few pink > spots. > > The questions are: > > 1. Should we (lab instructors) treat by neutralizing the base with > something llike vinega, rather than just washing? > > 2. Who should be responsible (or maybe liable) for appropriate > treatment? Howd do university health centers handle someting like this > incident at other universities? > > Thanks for any information, > Ed Senkbeil > Chemistry Department > Salisbury University
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