Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:06:10 -0700
Reply-To: Sheila Kennedy <smk**At_Symbol_Here**CHEM.UCSD.EDU>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: Sheila Kennedy <smk**At_Symbol_Here**CHEM.UCSD.EDU>
Subject: acid neutralized on skin - Undergraduate Accident
In-Reply-To: <s61e47b5.002**At_Symbol_Here**>

We've been able to track the ownership of the picture back to the folks 
who took the picture and to the model/perpetrator/victim. He still works 
on campus & originally gave permission to use the image in UCSD safety 
training, but no-one is anxious to have it become common property of the 
whole on-line web community, so we won't be posting it here.

Any suggestions for limiting distribution of something like this that 
would be useful to so many?

For those who have asked, I'm hunting down the source/owner of the
picture & will send it to the list if I can.

Can I attach a JPG file to a list message?
We have a photograph of the scar that remains from an acid spill being
neutralized with bicarbonate on skin - thermal burn (heat of
neutralization) on top of chemical burn. Man with the scar says it
seemed like a good idea at the time.

Wash with running water, 15 minutes: dilute the corrosive, wash it away
& cool the irritated skin. No scrubbing; no soap; no brushes; don't do
chemistry on your skin.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Safety Coordinator
Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories
Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCSanDiego
(858) 534-0221

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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