Many people are familiar with the situation: when any medicine is urgently needed, it cannot be found in a huge pile of blisters and boxes, piled up in disarray. But do not despair: to establish exemplary order among all these medical devices is not at all difficult. Moreover, you can significantly save the space that they occupy!
So, starting to organize the proper storage of medicines, we set ourselves two main tasks:
- Bring the perfect order, so that everything is easily at the right moment.
- Arrange medicines as compact as possible, which is very important in case of a chronic shortage of free space in most of our apartments.
Immediately it should be noted that it is most inconvenient to store all medicines in one large space (for example, in a drawer or in a large container): it is with this method of storage that complete chaos most often occurs. Only by dividing the drawer into separate compartments, it is difficult to maintain order, although due to the small height of the medicine package box they will take up a lot of space and lie on top of each other - it will still be difficult to find medicines. Someone is trying to keep a first-aid kit in bags and packages. As a rule, this leads to a similar result: the bag grows like yeast, the drugs inside are mixed, and it becomes more and more problematic to use such a first-aid kit.
Therefore, our first and main recommendation - avoid large spaces in which all medicines are piled up in one pile.
Accordingly, the first step to order is to divide the entire volume of medicines stored at home into categories. Some people need only 2-3 categories, for example, "first aid", "for children" and "for adults", but for someone it is more convenient to divide drugs into several small groups. Most often, a separate first aid kit, cold remedies, gastrointestinal medications, painkillers, children's medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements, and everything else are separated into separate groups.
Be sure to select a separate box or a box for an emergency first aid kit, put it in a convenient, easily accessible place. It is inexpedient to store dressings and first-aid equipment in a box with other medicines: they are always urgently needed - there is no time to look for them among other medicines. In the first-aid kit it is necessary to have dressings and antiseptics, remedies for pain in the heart area and antihistamines (a detailed list is given at the end of the article).
For storage of medicines it is very convenient to use small plastic boxes (for example, Variera from Ikea): they come in different sizes and are conveniently placed on the shelves inside closed cabinets. If you store boxes with a first-aid kit inside a locked cabinet, then they can be without covers - the medicines will still be protected from dust and dirt. In the event that the first-aid kit is stored on the open shelves, the boxes must be closed with lids to prevent contamination from entering the packs of medicines.
The size of the boxes is selected by the size of the shelves, as well as by the number of drugs in each category. All medicines should be strictly vertical in the box: this way they occupy a minimum of space, they are perfectly visible and do not close each other. Accordingly, the box must contain all the drugs of its category, so as not to have to put them on top of each other, or to store some of them in some other place. If the name of the medicine is not written on top of the package, sign it yourself with a thin black marker so that everything is easily located. It is convenient to store medicines in blisters and contoured paper packages also vertically - in a neat pile, tied with a clerical band.
On the low shelves, medicine boxes are placed in one row. For convenience, be sure to sign each box in order to immediately understand which group of drugs is stored in it.
If the height of the shelf allows, it is very convenient to store the first-aid kit in several signed containers with lids that are put on top of each other - this will save you even more space.
Keeping medicines in small plastic drawers is also a great idea to keep order. The only drawback of this method is the small size of the mini-dresser, since usually there are more drugs in the family.
In conclusion, let's consider what medicines should be present in the home first aid kit. Of course, we give only general recommendations: each person draws up a first-aid kit in accordance with their state of health and lifestyle. But there are still certain types of medicines that everyone may need - it is about them that will be discussed.
First aid kit:
- Sterile bandage - 1-2 pcs. (The most convenient way to use bandages is 8-10 cm wide).
- Sterile cotton wool - 1 pc. (choose the smallest package).
- Sterile gauze napkins - 5-10 pieces of small size.
- Medical rubber gloves.
- Cotton buds - a small package, better sealed. After opening, move it to a cabinet in the bathroom (there are always cotton swabs), and for a first-aid kit buy a new one.
- Tape plaster.
- A set of bactericidal patches of different sizes.
- Small clean scissors.
- Rubber band to stop bleeding.
- Iodine and brilliant green in small bubbles, preferably with comfortable applicator sticks.
- Ethyl alcohol medical.
- 3% hydrogen peroxide.
- Miramistin (using this tool you can painlessly wash and disinfect a contaminated wound and even a mucous membrane).
- Panthenol spray spray.
- Levomekol - antiseptic ointment for the rapid healing of wounds.
- Claritin or any other antihistamine can save lives in the event of a sudden allergic reaction to food, drugs, insect bites, etc. Absolutely all people are at risk of developing allergies, so such a drug must be in every home.
- Validol or Corvalol (used as a first aid for pain and heaviness in the region of the heart; nitroglycerin can not be given to everyone in a row - sometimes it can harm).
Ordinary home first aid kit most often includes the following medicines and medical devices:
- Painkillers and antispasmodic drugs that help you (No-spa, Paracetamol, Aspirin, Analgin, Citramon, Ibuprofen, etc.).
- Cold remedies that you use. They are very useful to always have at home, so that at the first symptoms you can start treatment immediately, and not run to the pharmacy or wait for someone to buy them for you.
- Means for treating the gastrointestinal tract: Festal or Mezim-forte from stomach heaviness, Imodium and Smecta from poisoning, Almagel from gastritis, etc.
- Heating ointments (for example, Apizatron) will help if the back or neck has been “flushed”; ointment for relieving muscle pain (Voltaren, Diclofenac) will relieve unpleasant feelings after playing sports and physical exertion; ointments and gels for edema (Troxevasin, Lioton, heparin ointment) will help with the heaviness and pain in the legs; insect sting remedy will reduce itching and reduce inflammation; eye drops from dryness and irritation will relieve redness and give your eyes a feeling of comfort.
- The remaining drugs and vitamins that you usually take.