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MISSION CRITICAL: 16th – 22nd Feb

This has been an especially busy week for both of our crews, who have been out to an average of five missions per 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 37 incidents this week.

The crews were particularly busy with road traffic collisions, which made up 40% of missions they were scrambled to. DLRAA flew to the A608 on Tuesday 17th February after a motorcyclist and a car were involved in a collision. The patient was assessed as having injuries to his back and pelvis, and was given a pelvic binder and immobilised for flight. DLRAA’s crew flew the man to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment and assessment.

WNAA flew to Coventry on Sunday 22nd February after a car hit a pole, injuring three occupants. On arrival, two of the patients were still trapped in the car. One critical care paramedic assessed and treated a man with chest injuries, then escorted him to hospital. A young girl had suffered severe head injuries, and was rapidly extricated from the car. She was assessed and treated by the remaining critical care paramedic, and an on-flight doctor, as well as the land ambulance service, then taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Many of their calls were also to medical emergencies like hypothermia, cardiac arrests and collapses. These calls represented 24% of the total missions, and included an incident DLRAA attended in Derbyshire where a man had become unwell in a very rural and exposed area. After becoming hypothermic, he was assessed and treated by DLRAA and carried to an ambulance by a mountain rescue service. Due to his illness, the air ambulance crew travelled with him in the East Midlands Ambulance Service land ambulance to Northern General Hospital.

Calls related to falls and sports incidents were also high, making up 13% each. WNAA were called to an incident in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire late in the week after a man suffered a fall from a height. The man, who was 37 years old, had suffered a potential broken arm and chest injuries, and was in severe pain. He was assessed and given advanced pain relief, then escorted to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire via land ambulance. WNAA’s crew travelled in the EMAS land ambulance to keep providing treatment.

WNAA also flew to Maidwell, Northamptonshire on Sunday 22nd February after a woman hit a fencepost and sustained a back injury while on her horse. The air ambulance crew were first on-scene, and assessed and treated the woman at the scene. They then assisted EMAS’s land crew, who took her to a local trauma unit.

Domestic accidents made up the final 8% of the callouts.

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.

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

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