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When are bandages too old to use in a first aid kit?

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1. Posted by OHnewsroom (Budding Member, 3 posts) 27 Aug '12 09:25

Hi guys

I have thought the best check up on what I do and do not have in stock, with all the natural disasters of late, I want to be as prepared as I can , I have noticed that some of my 'sterile' bandages have 'wet' clothes from the adhesive portion. Are they still considered safe to use?

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2. Posted by Stopping89 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 27 Aug '12 17:49

Hey,

They're generally sterlised if they're being used on an openly infected area to prevent cross contramination etc etc...if they're only being used for support they'll be fine, if you're using them on open wounds/broken skin I'd suggest getting some new ones just to be safe.

Hope that's help!
Scott

3. Posted by OHnewsroom (Budding Member, 3 posts) 25 Sep '12 06:55

Hello friends,

They should have an expiration date on them, but if you need them for emergency purposes, it is better to use them then some unsterilised cloth. The bandages that I do not have an expiration date; I will however, put them aside and use them as any other unsterilized item.

Regards
OHne wsroom