How Can Humans be Damaged from Sulfuric Acid?
Se Kwang Oh*, Hee Jun Shin, Han You Lee and Hye Jin Chung
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Korea
- *Corresponding Author:
- Se Kwang Oh
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine
Soonchunhyang University, Korea
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 13, 2017; Accepted date: May 30, 2017; Published date: June 07, 2017
Citation: Oh SK, Shin HJ, Lee HY, Chung HJ (2017) How Can Humans be Damaged from Sulfuric Acid? J Clin Toxicol 7:351. doi: 10.4172/2161-0495.1000351
Copyright: © 2017 Oh SK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Purpose: This study was conducted to identify the clinical characteristics associated with sulfuric acid injury evaluated in emergency department.
Method: This study was retrospective multicenter study with sulfuric acid injured patients who were visited in 3 emergency departments during 10 years in South Korea. Data were collected retrospectively from Jan 2006 to Dec 2015 on all sulfuric acid injuries presenting to the 3 emergency departments. Collected data were those of demographic, exposure site, injury mechanism, final diagnosis and hospital care.
Result: A total of 46 patients were enrolled. Most of the patients were male (88.5%). The face and eye were the most commonly injured body parts (53.4%) and most commonly injured mechanism was splashing injury (69.5%) in sulfuric acid burn patients. A total of 25 (54.3%) patients were identified as having lesions more than second degree burn.
Conclusion: sulfuric acid can cause severe burns to the skin. When working with sulfuric acid, have to wear acid proof protect clothing, goggle and glove. And it is need to pay close attention when working with sulfuric acid.