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A Clinical Analysis of Patient Exposure to Sulfuric Acid Injured
Se Kwang Oh, Hee Jun Shin, Byeong Dai Yoo, Duck Ho Jun, Dong Ha Lee, Ki Hwan Kim
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2016;14(1):33-36
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: June 30, 2016
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital
4Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital

Purpose: This study was conducted to identify the characteristics associated with sulfuric acid injury in the emergency department. Methods: Data were collected retrospectively from January 2007 to December 2015 on all sulfuric acid injuries presenting to the emergency department in Gu-mi Soonchunhyung University Hospital. Patients injured by sulfuric acid were recorded over a nine year study period and collected data included demographics, injury mechanism, injured body part, hospital care and final diagnosis. Results: A total of 26 cases were identified. Most patients were male (88.5%) and the face was the most commonly injured body part. The most common mechanism of injury was splashing injury. A total of 16 (61.5%) patients were identified as having lesions worse than second degree burns. Conclusion: Sulfuric acid can cause severe and fatal skin burn. When working with sulfuric acid, acid proof protect clothing, goggles and glove should be worn. Furthermore, safety education and workplace environment improvement are necessary to reduce sulfuric acid injury.

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