Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

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Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

Post by 74 or more » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:03 am

I usually keep up on the expiration dates for medication but i just noticed that some of my gauze (cvs brand) are past the expiration date written on the packaging. Might be a stupid question but does anyone else worry about this for something like gauze or even band aids?
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Re: Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

Post by TacAir » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:26 am

In a word, no.

I do inspect the packaging to ensure it hasn't been compromised.

I doubt the material was ever 'sterile', but is it certainly clean.

BTW - did you note the Country of Origin of your medical supplies?

Much of what is sold over the counter these days is made 'overseas' - in many cases, Henco en China. Given the past record of quality issues, I try to avoid any product manufactured in China, but, that's just me
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Re: Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

Post by ZombieGranny » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:46 am

Band-Aid type bandages might lose some of their stickiness over time, but I've seldom had any problem with old ones if they originally worked well.
If the rolled gauze was yellow I'd toss it, but that must take a very long time.
I have 10 year old gauze that is still white.
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Re: Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

Post by 74 or more » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:42 am

TacAir wrote:In a word, no.

I do inspect the packaging to ensure it hasn't been compromised.

I doubt the material was ever 'sterile', but is it certainly clean.

BTW - did you note the Country of Origin of your medical supplies?

Much of what is sold over the counter these days is made 'overseas' - in many cases, Henco en China. Given the past record of quality issues, I try to avoid any product manufactured in China, but, that's just me
Band-Aid type bandages might lose some of their stickiness over time, but I've seldom had any problem with old ones if they originally worked well.
If the rolled gauze was yellow I'd toss it, but that must take a very long time.
I have 10 year old gauze that is still white.


Roger that. About what I figured. Though it was worth an ask.

The gauze were made in China. Any recommendation as to better ones? Krelix? (however you spell it)
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Re: Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

Post by TacAir » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:33 pm

Kerlix gauze.

Good stuff for a bandage vs a dressing.

Just be careful when making a purchase

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A dressing is a sterile pad or compress applied directly to a wound to promote healing and protect the wound from further harm. A dressing is designed to be in direct contact with the wound, as distinguished from a bandage, which is most often used to hold a dressing in place.

One - the dressing - must be sterile for best practice. A sterile bandage is nice, but clean is good enough and a lot cheaper....

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Re: Expiration date on Rolled Gauze

Post by Stercutus » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:50 pm

The Amazon market place is no longer a safe place to order medical supplies (if it ever was). Really not a good place to order much of anything anymore unless you are specifically looking for a cheap knock off. It is a big pain in the ass to send stuff back that are fraudulent.
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