Organizing the storage of medicines at home is an important matter for every family. After all, a home first aid kit should always be in order, and it should contain everything you need to provide first aid to a sick person.
Carefully study the rules for storing drugs. Most medicines are recommended to be stored at room temperature, but if the package says “cool and protected from light place” or “dry cool place”, it means that the temperature in the storage area should not exceed 15 ° C. These products are best kept in the refrigerator. Usually, there is space on the door for storing medicines, but you should not "mix" medicines with food: set aside a separate closed compartment for them, or, if this is not possible, store them in a sealed plastic container.
The main part of the home first aid kit can be stored in a special cabinet, set aside for this a closed cabinet shelf or desk drawer. If you store your first aid kit on an open shelf, keep your medicines in an opaque container or box, because some medicines do not like sunlight. Of course, care should be taken to ensure that children and pets do not have access to medication.
Means for external and internal use must be stored separately from each other. For dressings (sterile bandages, cotton wool), it is better to take a separate bag. If your first aid kit is small, then this separation is sufficient. If there are too many medicines in the house, it is better to sort them by subject - this will simplify the search for the desired medicine and put them in plastic containers or tight plastic bags with a zip fastener. Medicines are usually laid out by topic (in one container - drugs for the treatment of colds and flu, in another - drugs to normalize digestion, and so on). If family members have chronic diseases, you can have “personalized” containers for drugs that only this person takes in the first-aid kit. Large sign the "sections" of the first aid kit.
According to statistics, the largest number of minor domestic injuries occurs in the kitchen. Therefore, if you store your first aid kit in a different room, you might want to consider arranging a place for storing the first aid kit in one of the kitchen cabinets. It can be very compact (disinfectant, bandage, adhesive plaster, wound healing agent, burn remedy), but it will allow you to quickly deal with a small cut or burn right on the scene.
A separate issue is the organization of storage of annotations for medicines. Throwing them away immediately after purchase is undesirable, even if we are talking about the usual drugs that one of the family members is taking - suddenly, the medicine will be needed, for example, by the child and will have to calculate the dose and remember the list of contraindications. Annotations can be stored together with drugs, in boxes, but this is not always convenient, since it dramatically increases the volume occupied by the first-aid kit. You can store them in a separate folder - for example, a binder for A5 files, sorted by alphabet, topic or frequency of use. To simplify the search for the annotation, you can write in large, in a bright marker on the top of the page the name of the drug and its main purpose (for example, "antiviral"). In the same file, you can put a leaflet with dosages for different family members, notes on the effectiveness of use and other notes related to this medicine - you get a kind of family directory of medicines.
Every few months it is necessary to conduct an "audit" of the first aid kit. Check the expiration date of medications, discard expired medications.It is also worth getting rid of medicines, the purpose of which is unknown to any of the adult family members, as well as from “unidentified” medicines (a blister with an erased name, a bottle without a label, and so on). Check for bandages, patches, commonly used drugs and essential drugs, and make a list of what you need to buy to keep your first aid kit on full alert.
You should always have an over-the-counter kit at home to provide first aid for injuries and relief from frequent ailments. The minimum composition of a home first-aid kit should include hydrogen peroxide or other disinfectant for cuts and wounds, a patch, sterile bandages, anesthetics (gels or sprays with lidocaine or benzocaine), a remedy for treating burns, drugs for the treatment of colds, antipyretic and pain relievers, antihistamines drugs, activated carbon, ammonia and validol. Also, the "minimal set" includes tweezers, scissors, a pipette and, of course, a thermometer. But the typical list must be adapted for each family, taking into account the “sore spots” of each person, and make sure that the home medicine cabinet always contains remedies for the ailments to which you are susceptible.