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Oct. 7th, 2006

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From:shuripentu
Date:October 8th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Gauze has use-by dates? That's weird; I can't see gauze going off.

In any case, if you have any expired items that you can't use for professional first aid stuff (I can see SJA might get upset if their members were using first aid equipment that wasn't certified totally safe), I'm always happy to make use of them.
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 8th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I'm not 100% sure about gauze, but dressings and so on do have these dates unless they're really ancient; every so often we'll dedicate a class night to going through all our first aid kits and removing the things that have gone past their expiry dates. Anyway, I'll keep you in mind if there's anything that's about to get binned.
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From:sammoore
Date:October 8th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
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My 'personal' first aid kits are stocked with the items that have gone out of date from my 'work' kit. When the dressing I have fails to save someones life because it is 1 month past its useby date I will change this system :-)


Sam
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From:susannahf
Date:October 8th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
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sterile gauze does, because they can't guarantee it's sterile after a certain time. But like sammoore says, it's unlikely to kill someone (unless it's obviously mouldy, which I have seen before now on dressings that are over 20 years old and have been kept in a cardboard box in a damp shed).
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