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MISSION CRITICAL: 2nd – 8th Feb 2015

Our crews have been enjoying the slightly warmer weather this week, and have been out and about as usual helping people in all five counties they serve. 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 19 incidents this week.

The Air Ambulance crews attended a high rate of road traffic collisions this week, with 37% of all missions being out on the roads. This included a three vehicle collision WNAA attended on the M42, in which two adults and a young child were injured. All the emergency services on-scene, including West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and the police and fire services, worked to extricate and assess all the patients. The two adults were taken by land to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The child was accompanied by WNAA’s crew in the back of WMAS’s land ambulance and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Another road traffic collision was attended by DLRAA on Monday 2nd February after a young boy was struck by a car. The boy had been on his way home from school when he was knocked over by the car, and had sustained serious injuries. He was flown to the paediatric trauma centre in Nottingham due to his injuries.

Medical emergency related incidents were also high, at 26%, and included cardiac arrests, fits, and high fevers. DLRAA rushed to the side of a baby on Tuesday 3rd February after he suffered a fit and a prolonged fever. The Air Ambulance crew assisted East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) in taking the baby to hospital via land ambulance, and provided antibiotics and other help. The patient improved on the way to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Sports incidents were at 15%, with most of these being equestrian related. One, however, saw DLRAA flying out to Mam Tor in Derbyshire after a child became injured while sledging. He was complaining of back pain, so DLRAA arranged for him to receive pain relief and and to be taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital by the land ambulance crew.

Domestic and industrial accidents made up another 15%, and included a man who suffered a serious leg injury after his leg became trapped between two 4x4s in the factory where he worked. WNAA flew out to him and gave him pain relief, then assisted WMAS in transporting him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

There was a single mission related to a fall.

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The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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