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Shelf life of Sutures

This week I had a talk with both a doctor and a nurse regarding sutures and their shelf life.  Until recently I was unaware of the fact that this was a consideration.

Catgut suture

The information I was given is as follows, sutures come primarily in two types absorbable (naturally biodegradable in the body) or non-absorbable.  Absorbable sutures are marked with an expiration date that is considered to be fairly accurate.  In other words they breakdown and become unusable fairly close to their expiration date.  The shelf life of the absorbable suture seems to be in the area of about five years from date of manufacturer. …

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Medical Supplies for your Home

Here is a list of First Aid supplies for your home, but remember the best first aid kit is only as good as the person using it.  Take at least the Red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR courses.  Get good reference books. (I will post a review of some in the near future).

Remember in a serious injury you will use more dressings that you ever expect.  Don’t short change yourself on supplies.

Find a good box or bag to store the supplies in.  Inspect your kit yearly, things like adhesive tape have a shelf life as well as the over the counter medicines.…

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