MISSION CRITICAL: 5th – 11th Jan 2015
Our crews have been working hard all week despite the icy cold weather and the rain and frost. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to over the last seven days.
Between them, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) attended 12 missions. DLRAA attended seven of these, while WNAA was at the other five.
Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests represented most of their calls this week, at 47% for both services.
Falls were unusually high, with 33% of calls being related to a patient suffering one. A fall attended by WNAA in Walsall involved two men who had fallen from a height of 10 metres, resulting in a serious head injury for one of them. He was sedated on-scene and escorted by WNAA’s crew in a West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Birmingham.
Road traffic collisions were unusually low, coming in at the same percentage of call outs as sports related injuries: 16% each. DLRAA flew to Syston after an elderly lady was involved in an accident and required urgent care. The Critical Care Paramedics and doctor worked closely with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the woman, and she was sedated before being taken to hospital in the land ambulance. The Air Ambulance crew travelled along with EMAS to make sure the patient continued receiving the best possible care.
WNAA, meanwhile, flew to Daventry on 7th January to rescue a woman who had become trapped in her car after a road traffic collision. They worked with all the emergency services on scene, including the Fire and Rescue service, the police, and EMAS, to extricate the patient as swiftly and safely as possible. When she was free, she was given pain relief and immobilised for flight to prevent further injuries before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Teamwork is extremely important to both our Air Ambulance crews, as they are often working with other emergency services on-scene to deliver the best care.
We are recruiting for new volunteers in all the counties we serve throughout the New Year. If you think you’ve got what it takes to help your local Air Ambulance continue to save lives, go here to get in touch. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.