Low temperature storage of medication
Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 01:23 PM
Just wondering what some members do to keep medicines or other substances cool when in the field, or if high temperatures were unavoidable, whether or not any damage or deterioration was observed to them. I'm thinking something like an insulated picnic bag would be enough, would it?
Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 01:27 PM
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Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 01:41 PM
??? I am not gone, just sticking to technical sections.
I put some Ibuprofen in my survival tin, which is supposed to be carried in the pocket, only to find the original packaging says it can't be stored above 25 degrees. Maybe I should take it out as the metal box poorly insulates against heat. For the same reason, while overseas survival kits often contain candles, that would become a melted mess in Australia in summer unless kept cool.
Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 02:20 PM
Seems pretty ridiculous. If you're worried about low temp storage think you should be right with the insulated picnic bag you're thinking of Burp, with blue freezer bags. Have a whole freezer full of them from when I used to do self defence and worked well when I took cold stuff up to Mudgee.
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Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 02:49 PM
Will get an answer for you asap as to if it is really a major issue or not. She has given me strips of certain meds for my kit and didn't mention anything about temperature.
Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 02:54 PM
Dry medications as in tablets and capsules will last better then liquids or solutions.
Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 03:00 PM
The temp inside will be way lower then ambient due to the vacume that created an invisable barrier to the inside of the flask.
The only part that will allow thermal conductive transfer is the lid.
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Posted 07 Sep 2012 - 07:26 PM
The heat over 25 degrees does exactly the same thing as the expiry date. Once past date, or over temp, the molecules begin to break down and the medication begins to be less effective, or eventually non-effective at all.
She said there are medications like the ones for angina that are so tempermental that they cannot even be kept on your person, as the heat from your body can render them useless so if you are having a heart attack and pop half a dozen they will do absolutely nothing.
Seems appropriate to take precautions and keep them in some sort of semi-cooled section of your pack, or container of some sorts.
Hope this has been helpful.