MISSION CRITICAL: 2nd – 4th Jan 2015
There’s a shorter Mission Critical than usual this week, thanks to the festive season special last week. Both our services have been exceptionally busy despite the shorter period. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) attended a total of 15 incidents in just three days.
29% of the incidents our service attended were related to medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrests to serious infections. One patient suffered a cardiac arrest while at the gym and needed to be rushed to hospital.
The second highest reason for call outs were falls, at 23% of the incidents our crews attended, one of which included an elderly lady who suffered a fall at a farm. We worked together with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who was then taken to hospital by EMAS. Teamwork is very important to our crews, who often work together with multiple emergency services on-scene to give a patient the best possible care.
There were two equestrian incidents this week, putting sports related injuries at 11%. Road traffic collisions were also low, unusually, with the single collision requiring the help of WNAA being when an HGV left the road and slid into a ditch.
Our crew never know when or what they are going to get a call about, but they are available every day so, if the worst does happen, they can be there to help those who need them.
This New Year we are recruiting for new volunteers to join our strong volunteering team. If you think you’ve got what it takes to help your local Air Ambulance continue to save lives, please get in touch here. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.