All over Australia, first aid kits are sitting in cupboards, on benches, in vehicles and numerous other handy (and some not so handy) locations. In many cases, people know there’s a first aid kit about the place somewhere, but it may be used only very occasionally. First aid kits should be kept in a safe, dry and accessible place.

If a first aid kit is not used often, one action that can be neglected is regularly checking the contents to ensure they are up-to-date, and that any used or damaged items have been replaced. A standard first aid kit contains a number of items that have use by or expiry dates.

Items that tend to have a shorter expiry are those such as ointments and sprays that may contain active ingredients, for example, burn gel, first aid spray. These items should be replaced before they expire if possible.

Other items may have a longer expiry period, and the date may be less critical; for example, alcohol swabs, sterile saline tubes. However, once past their expiry date, these items also should be replaced.

Any item that is damaged, or has had its packaging punctured and its seal broken, should not be used, but should be disposed of and replaced as soon as possible.

One item that has become a standard part of emergency preparedness in educational workplaces is the EpiPen. The expiry date appears on the side of the EpiPen, towards the safety release end of the device. The expiry should be noted and set with an alert that will remind the responsible person to replace the EpiPen before it expires. Adrenaline autoinjectors usually remain current 1-2 years after the date of manufacture. An expired EpiPen must be replaced with a current EpiPen as soon as possible.

The Australasian society of clinical immunology and allergy (ascia) recommends joining the Epiclub (www.epiclub.com.au) to use their Reminder Program, which helps keep track of Adrenaline Autoinjector expiry dates.

At our Birtinya training premises in Kawana, Allens Training Sunshine Coast includes a retail outlet that sells first aid kits, hot and cold packs, resuscitation masks, snake and funnel web spider bit kits, to name a few, plus a number of replacement items for first aid kit contents.

We also have on online shop where you can purchase a range of first aid supplies and we can ship these anywhere in Australia and more locally including, Caloundra, Noosa, Coolum, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Caboolture or anywhere across the Sunshine Coast.

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