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MISSION CRITICAL: 19th – 25th Jan

Our crews have been especially busy this week. With the nights still drawn in, and weather conditions still icy and cold, they have seen even more incidents than last week. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) have attended 26 incidents in total this week, averaging about four each day.

34% of the services’s call outs this week were related to various types of medical emergencies. These ranged from cardiac arrests to collapses, with one patient in Lutterworth being assessed and treated by WNAA after he collapsed at work. WNAA travelled in the land ambulance with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to continue to administer treatment to the man, who was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Missions related to sports injuries were the second highest type of call out this week, at 19%. This included a teenager who had to be flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire after he became injured playing rugby. He was assessed as having potential neck injuries by DLRAA’s crew and immobilised for flight to prevent any further injury.

WNAA, meanwhile, were called to two equestrian related incidents in one day on 24th January, including one in Leighton Buzzard where a young girl had fallen from her horse.

Call outs for injuries related to falls have also remained high this week, at 15%, and saw WNAA rushing to an elderly woman who suffered a possibly broken ankle and potentially broken leg after falling from a second storey window.

There was a single call for an industrial accident this week after a large amount of scaffolding fell on a Leicestershire man. DLRAA flew to the incident and helped assess and treat the patient, whose lower half had been caught under the scaffolding. He was given a splint and pain relief medication, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Road traffic collisions were low, at 11% of total call outs. WNAA attended one in Ryton on Dunsmore after multiple cars were involved n a collision. They were first to arrive on the scene, and helped assess several patients before aiding the other emergency services in extricating and treating a patient who had been trapped in their car.

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.

On average our services attend around 1,800 rescue missions per year.

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