Mombulance: mɒm-by uh-luh ns

Mombulance: mɒm-byuh-luh ns. – noun

  1. A specially equipped mom-mobile loaded with first aid supplies to take care of sick or injured children, usually her own.
  2. (currently) a field hospital operated by mom

How often do you tell your children “NO RUNNING” in a store?  Me? All the time.  I’m in a hurry getting to the store, they are rushing to get out. This afternoon, we were leaving Barnes & Noble to go to swim lessons when Alex tripped while running to the exit door and sliced his knee with a plastic shelf. Upon tripping and slicing he then skidded on the rug and got a brush burn on top of the cut as well… and he wailing begun.

Within seconds I had a group of people around me as I am trying to stay calm and assess the situation.  I decided to take Alex to the bathroom to get him cleaned up but the bleeding would not stop. I was just about to send Sofia to get anyone to come help me when I had a revelation: my husband put a home-made first-aid kit in my car!

The Plan: Carry Alex to my car where I could patch him up. Use my little nurse Sofia to carry some things and help me keep mommy Alex calm.

Step 1: Assess the damage in the mobile clinic (SUV trunk is the triage room & emergency/extra booster seat as patient table)

Step 2: Use nurse Sofia to hold pressure on would with gauze while Dr. Mommy gets supplies ready.

Step 3: Not pictured: clean would with beta-dine swabs, re-apply pressure, close with steri-strip, then put band-aids on top.

Step 4: Assure patient he will be ok (note nurse Sofia’s loving hand) and discharge (to their seats in our case).

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to my husband for having put the first-aid kit in my car! He told me a few months ago that it’s better to be prepared than to be sorry.  I couldn’t agree more.  Could you buy a first-aid kit and put it in your car? Sure… but it probably doesn’t have some of the things I had and you might have had to go to the urgent care clinic in a situation like mine today.  My hubby’s savvy thinking  just saved us $100 and a trip to the slow-care-clinic or ER with 2 kids in tow.

What’s so great about my first-aid-kit? It costs less than $20 to put together, you probably have much of it already at home, and it all fits inside a gallon size zip-lock bag!

Mombulance first-aid kit includes:

  • 4-6 packs of gauze
  • Roll of medical tape
  • Neosporin (packets or a tube)
  • Band-aids
  • Betadine swabs in single packs
  • Alcohol swabs in single packs
  • 2-3 pairs of latex gloves
  • Elastic band to wrap around limb in case of major bleeding (like the ones they use to draw blood)
  • Elastic steri-strips (these close the wound instead of stitches)
  • 2 empty gallon sized zip-lock bags (to hold bloody items, garbage, or puke)
  • Wet wipes
  • A clean diaper (it makes a great ice pack)
  • Benadryl chewables (specially if you have kids because of the dose, but double up for adults)

While the trunk of my SUV might not have been the most “sterile” environment, it served the purpose of patching Alex up and not having to go to the urgent care clinic (and saved us $100!).  In about 15min we were able to go to swim lessons and move on with our afternoon.

Now you know… and yes, it could happen to you.  It is better to be prepared than to be sorry.  Remember to replace the things you used when you get home… or the next time you won’t have all the supplies on hand.

Happy saving the money day!

October 27, 2010

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