Every household can benefit from an organised system for their medical supplies. Whether you have a condition that requires you to keep lots of medical supplies at home, or you’re simply a family that likes to stay prepared for medical emergencies, knowing how to best store your medical supplies can save time and ensure that you take the correct medication whenever you need it.
Dedicate a Space
If you’re treating a condition at home that requires multiple forms of medication or medical supplies, you should try to dedicate a shelf or cabinet to your medical supplies in an easy-to-access place such as the bathroom or kitchen. This way, you know exactly where your medical supplies are when you need them and don’t have to think about where you may have last left them!
Consider how often and under which conditions you need to take your medication or access your medical supplies. If you live in a two-storey house, consider splitting your storage between the ground floor and upstairs to make access even easier. Think about where in your home is easiest for you to access, but is also off limits to small children. Bathroom cabinets are often a great solution, but somewhere such as a high shelf in your wardrobe or high cupboard in the kitchen work just as well.
Even if you don’t have anyone in the household that needs to take specific medication, having a dedicated space for first aid medical supplies can save the family time hunting for a plaster or headache tablets when the need arises.
Group Your Medication
You may store your medication all in one place, whether it’s medicine for specific conditions or first aid supplies. While keeping it all in the same area can be useful, it can also be really overwhelming to sift through. In the event of a first aid emergency, you need quick and easy access to the right medical supplies for the situation.
Consider grouping your medication in different containers, setting aside a first aid box for emergency supplies, for your medication, and for medication for other members of the household. This will minimise confusion and allow you quick and easy access to the medical supplies you need.
It can also be helpful to consider how often you need to access the medication, and order it accordingly with daily medication stored towards the front of your storage space and other medication towards the back.
Even the best of us can get confused when faced with a cabinet full of miscellaneous medicines. If your medicine isn’t clearly labelled or easy to read, invest in a label maker and label any bottles, bags or containers in your supply. You may find it helpful to add the instructions for taking the medicine and the expiry date on this label also, to make sure that you’re having the right amount and not using medicines that have been stood in the cupboard for too long.
Of course, you won’t always be at home to take your medication. You may need to compile small medical kits that are ready to go. For example, if you are admitted to hospital it would be useful to keep an emergency kit in a pouch by the door for you or your family to pick up and take with you. Considering compiling a kit to keep in your car, in your desk at work, or even in a handbag to make sure you’re never caught without the necessary medical supplies. First aid kits are perfect for keeping in a cupboard at home in case of emergencies.