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#292724 - 07/09/19 05:34 AM How do you update your first aid kit?
Bingley Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1457
What approach do you take to updating your first aid kit? I checked my kits, and all the small packets of over-the-counter meds have expired. There are also some items that have no expiration date, which makes me suspicious. The antibiotic cream doesn't have an expiration date? That doesn't seem right?

Also, I keep a kit in my car, and it gets really hot in there in the summer. I'd think meds have a shorter life.

Buying individually packaged pills is pricey for what you get. I wonder whether it might not be better just to buy a new kit. So do you "refill" your kit, or do you just, at some point, settle for a new one?

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#292725 - 07/09/19 09:21 AM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
Tjin Offline
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Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1791
I just decided to do a large order every few years to update the kits. There are plenty of online stores that stuck a good item for a good price. Although the painkillers are from the supermarket.

No-expiration dates don't mean it stays well. Have things that were elastic, but weren't anymore. Sterile packaging that just fell apart. Glue that no longer stuck. etc.

Also, some things have expiration dates, but the date is relevant for unopened packages. That and to prevent cross-contamination, kind of made me use single-use packages.
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#292726 - 07/09/19 10:34 AM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
Ren Offline
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Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 283
Loc: Wales, UK
Medication refill kits? eg

https://www.e-firstaidsupplies.com/911-10981-p-first-aid-kits-specialty.html

For some reason medication refill kits are not sold in the UK (perhaps EU).

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#292727 - 07/09/19 11:13 AM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2532
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
I refill my first aid kits through Chinook Medical. No affiliation.

https://www.chinookmed.com/category/supplies/supplies/1.html

With Chinook's prices, I can completely restock my TRI first aid kits (the $25 kits from Sam's Club) for less than what it cost to buy a new one.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#292730 - 07/09/19 06:19 PM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
CJK Offline
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Registered: 08/14/05
Posts: 589
Loc: FL, USA
Standard disclaimer.... www.minimus.biz Good for individual items. Meds of all kinds. Plus more.

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#292732 - 07/09/19 09:54 PM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 910
I use full size bottles for Ibuprofen.

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#292735 - 07/10/19 03:41 AM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2841
Loc: Big Sky Country
Originally Posted By: Jeanette_Isabelle
I refill my first aid kits through Chinook Medical. No affiliation.

https://www.chinookmed.com/category/supplies/supplies/1.html

With Chinook's prices, I can completely restock my TRI first aid kits (the $25 kits from Sam's Club) for less than what it cost to buy a new one.

Jeanette Isabelle


Chinook is awesome! Been buying there for ten years or so, great company.
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#292737 - 07/10/19 07:27 AM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Ren]
Johno Offline
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Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 213
Loc: Scotland
Originally Posted By: Ren
Medication refill kits? eg

https://www.e-firstaidsupplies.com/911-10981-p-first-aid-kits-specialty.html

For some reason medication refill kits are not sold in the UK (perhaps EU).


No doubt some hand wringing snowflakery and rear-end covering due to liability issues.

I also recollect that as a first aider in the UK, you can only assist people to take their own medicine. Giving medicine, no matter what it is, is in the realms of health care professionals and pharmacists.


Edited by chaosmagnet (07/10/19 11:43 AM)
Edit Reason: language
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#292738 - 07/10/19 11:46 AM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
chaosmagnet Offline
Sheriff
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3483
Loc: USA
When providing first-aid or just offering someone the contents of my ever-present bottle of ibuprofen, there are two good reasons to have someone take their own medications. One is that if they’re not oriented enough to take two tablets from me and put them in their mouth, they may not be oriented enough to swallow them without choking. Second, if they choose to take something, it is much harder to blame me for anything related to their choice.

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#292739 - 07/10/19 02:17 PM Re: How do you update your first aid kit? [Re: Bingley]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7415
Loc: southern Cal
I have provided meds when specifically asked for them. I don't suggest the victim take them. Basically don't go beyond the first aid guidelines. I you do, technically you are practicing medicine without a license....
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