MISSION CRITICAL: 26th Jan – 1st Feb
Our crews have been out as usual this week, despite the snow that blanketed Derbyshire and some of our other counties. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a total of 21 incidents this week.
Sports injuries were unusually high for both services this week, at 28% of all call outs. WNAA attended two of these at the weekend, after two separate men were injured during rugby matches. One of these, on Saturday 31st January, involved a man in his twenties in Holbrooks, who had suffered potential head injuries and was taken to an emergency department by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). The other saw them fly to Hinckley, in Leicestershire, on Sunday 1st February to rescue a teenager who was complaining of neck and back pain after a scrum. He was given pain relief and taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Another 28% were for incidents related to medical emergencies, which included seizures, collapses and cardiac arrests, and saw WNAA fly to Rugby on Monday 26th January to attend to an elderly patient who was suffering a fit. She was taken by land ambulance to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire with WNAA’s crew accompanying to assist in the land ambulance.
Road traffic accidents were also high at 19% of call outs. This included a multi-vehicle collision near Chesterfield on Monday 26th January, where DLRAA worked together with a number of other emergency services to assess and treat several patients, including children and adults of various ages. They helped transport all of the patients on-scene to hospitals suitable for their age and injuries.
There was a single industrial accident and a single fall. The industrial accident was attended by DLRAA on Tuesday 27th January after a man in his 50s became trapped by a load from a lorry in the early morning. The Air Ambulance crew flew out at 7:56am, arriving on-scene at 8:14am to assess and treat the patient. He was given pain relief and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.
WNAA flew to Middletone Cheyney on Monday 26th January for the incident involving a fall. A woman in her fifties had fallen down some stairs and was suffering from a head injury. She was assessed and treated by WNAA’s crew before being handed over to East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for transport to a local hospital.
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