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MISSION CRITICAL: 9th – 15th Feb 2015

Our crews have been out every day this week, including making sure loved ones were safe on Valentine’s Day. 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 18 incidents this week.

Medical emergencies represented the highest amount of call outs this week, at 39% of all missions. These included collapses, cardiac arrests, and seizures.

As usual, road traffic collisions were also a very high number of the missions we attended, at 33%. One of these was on Saturday 14th February 2015 after a three way collision on the A46 near Syston. DLRAA flew to the scene and landed on the carriageway to assist in assessing and treating the patients on-scene. The fire service and the other emergency services on-scene worked to extricate the most seriously injured patient, who had abdominal injuries. DLRAA provided pain relief and a pelvic binder, and swiftly flew the patient to Queen’s Medical Centre.

WNAA were called to Coventry on Tuesday 10th February 2015 after a cyclist was involved in a collision. The patient had sustained head injuries, and WNAA joined West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) in assessing and treating the patient. He was given pain relief, and the air ambulance crew travelled in the land ambulance with him to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire to continue aiding in his treatment.

Sports injuries remained at a slight high, like last week, at 11%, and included a rugby accident and an equestrian accident. DLRAA flew to the latter on Monday 9th February after a young girl fell from her horse and hit her head.

There was also a single incident related to a fall and a single incident related to an industrial accident this week, the former of which happened at Fiddler’s Elbow in Derbyshire. DLRAA’s crew worked in challenging weather conditions in order to reach the patient, who was promptly assessed. DLRAA rendezvoused with Derby Mountain Rescue Team and assisted in getting the patient to hospital.

We are currently 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.

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

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