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What belongs in the medicine chest of a handyman

The need for a medicine cabinet will be noticed by many only when it is actually too late. Surely you know that: You have injured in a household work and are feverishly looking for bandages and patches. In the worst case, you can not find them because they are not in stock. Do not wait for the emergency, in which you want a well-stocked medicine chest - you will be active in advance. Because the medicine chest represents the central place where you can find these so important utensils.

Basic equipment of the medicine cabinet

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It is mandatory for the vehicle and it proves to be especially useful in the household: the first-aid kit. According to DIN 13157 standard, this box is equipped with the following items:

  • Wound dressings
  • sticking plaster
  • compress
  • Fixation
  • Dreiecktücher
  • scissors
  • Disposable gloves
  • foil pouch
  • gauze bandage
  • fingertips associations

Check the usage date at regular intervals and get replacement in good time. If you have taken plaster or bandages from the medicine cabinet, replace these materials as soon as possible. Write down the required utensils best on the shopping list and fill the lets-rebuild.com pharmacy again as soon as possible a

In addition to the first aid kit, a well-equipped medicine chest should be equipped with painkillers, cooling salves and pre-cut patches of different sizes. These patches have the advantage that you do not have to cumbersome cut them to the right size. If necessary, you can also take them out of the packaging with one hand and use them immediately. The first aid kit, together with some other aids, represents an optimal basic supply for do-it-yourselfers. Please note: Although you can use the compresses and patches to ease minor bleeding, in the case of a serious injury, it is inevitable to go to the doctor.

Which medicines belong in the medicine chest?

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Medicines for various symptoms and symptoms complete the home improvement medicine cabinet. Pay special attention to the expiration date for medicines and to dispose of expired medicines. First, the effect of the drug is no longer guaranteed, on the other hand, the ingredients may have changed over time so that unwanted side effects occur. Do not dispose of medications that have reached their expiration date with your household waste, but dispose of them at the pharmacy. The advantage: Here you can immediately get a replacement for the discarded medicine.

Always read the package leaflet. Certain medications such as eye drops, nasal spray, eye ointments or special antibiotics must be disposed of shortly after they are first opened, as they are no longer intended for further use. Especially on nasal spray and eye ointments are already after the first use of potential pathogens that can spread quickly when reused. Keep the medication in its original packaging and do not throw the leaflet away. So you have a better overview of the active ingredients, the expiration date and possible side effects with other drugs. On the package leaflet you will finally find valuable information on the duration and dosage.

Bandage materials in the medicine cabinet

The dressings are of particular importance in the home improvement medicine chest. Sawing or drilling often results in cuts that you can provide yourself with a suitable selection of dressing materials. Make sure you always have enough gauze bandages, elastic bandages and bandage clips in stock. Sterile wound dressings ensure that no germs get into the wound. Plasters are also suitable for minor cuts.

The need for a medicine cabinet will be noticed by many only when it is actually too late. Surely you know that: You have injured in a household work and are feverishly looking for bandages and patches. In the worst case, you can not find them because they are not in stock. Do not wait for the emergency, in which you want a well-stocked medicine chest - you will be active in advance. Because the medicine chest represents the central place where you can find these so important utensils.

Aids that must not be missing in any medicine chest

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This includes:

  • gloves
  • disinfectant
  • thermometer
  • tweezers
  • Hot water bottle or cherry stone pillow
  • cold compress
  • cotton swab

To put it in the words of a passionate handyman: The tools are the appropriate tool for primary care and alleviation of discomfort. For example, a pair of tweezers ensures that wood splinters in the skin to remove. For minor burns and bruises help cool compresses.

Keep important information in the medicine chest

A bulging medicine cabinet is of little use if you are unfamiliar with the basics of primary care and if serious injuries are missing important emergency numbers. Remember: As a result of injury, a shock reaction often occurs. With a comprehensive information package you ensure that you can quickly provide help and request. So equip your medicine chest with further instructions for action in case of emergency and a clearly visible list of the most important emergency numbers. In addition to the usual numbers for the fire department and the ambulance, the complete information package also includes an overview of emergency pharmacies in the vicinity, telephone numbers of the family doctor, specialists and also the number of the poison emergency call center.

Supply cuts properly

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Nearly every handyman has suffered one or the other cut in the course of his activities. Especially sharp-edged workpieces and tools with cutting edges pose some dangers for this type of injury. Gashes often bleed heavily. However, this pathogens are flushed out and it is less likely to cause serious inflammation of the tissue. You can get a slight cut easily by the means of your medicine cabinet under control. Take a sterile compress from the package and press it on the incision until the bleeding stops. Depending on the size of the wound then patch or gauze bandage to protect the open wound from pathogens.

If, on the other hand, it is a deeper incision in which important blood vessels, nerves or tendons have been severed, you must see a doctor immediately. They recognize such a wound by the fact that the skin gapes wide apart and the bleeding can only be stopped by a compression bandage. In this case, store the injured body part slightly elevated and seal the wound with a compress. Over this, place a thicker bandage that you firmly connect to apply the necessary pressure. If it is an injured aorta, press the blood supply before alerting the ambulance.

Treatment of burns

In addition to cuts, burns are among the most common injuries that passionate DIY enthusiasts can incur. These usually lead to severe redness or painful blistering.

Cool the burned skin area sufficiently, it is best to use water. Let the water flow over the affected area of ​​the body until the pain subsides. Experts recommend a minimum of 15 minutes. If blisters have formed, do not sting them. They serve to protect the underlying tissue. If you puncture the bladder, germs will come to the injured tissue and the burn can ignite. An open burn is best treated with povidone-iodine or octenidine. If you have scalded yourself with hot water, immediately dispose of the wet clothing so that the skin does not stay in contact with the heat any longer. Place sterile bandages or so-called Metalline cloths on the burn wound. The German Red Cross (DRC) gives on its website further valuable tips for first aid.

Treat fall injuries

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Lintels are not uncommon in home improvement work in the home. Be it a fall from the ladder or over building materials - the medicine cabinet must also be prepared for this case. As a rule, falls are not life-threatening and lead to bruises or muscle strain. In this case, use a cooling pad or treat the aching body area with a pain-relieving ointment. To prevent bruising and swelling preparations with heparin.

Repository of medicine chest

For storage, for example, store-rooms or other centrally located rooms offer cool, dry and dark rooms most of the time. Make sure that access is not hampered by equipment and materials. If there are children in the household, close the pharmacy or place it in a place hard to reach for children's hands.

Barbara Faber, Managing Director of Das Örtliche Service- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH, responsible for Das Örtliche Online und Mobilanwendung, the telephone directory with pharmacy emergency service overview

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