MISSION CRITICAL: 23rd Feb – 1st Mar
The crews have been enjoying the sunshine this week, as spring starts to arrive. 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 15 incidents this week.
The crews were particularly busy with road traffic collisions again this week, which made up 26% of all missions. DLRAA went on one of these on Saturday 28th February after two cars were involved in a collision on the A6006. The patients were carefully extricated from their vehicle and given pain relief, before being transported to hospital by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) land crew.
Incidents related to medical emergencies also made up a significant proportion of the calls the crews went out on, at 20% of missions. This included a cardiac arrest WNAA attended at the weekend. The crew flew to just outside Market Harborough to help a man in his 30s after he was found collapsed on a country lane. Two heroic bystanders helped save his life while WNAA flew to the scene. One gave CPR while the other retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED) from a nearby village, and administered aid until the crew arrived on-scene. Cardiac output was successfully achieved shortly after landing, and the patient was conveyed to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
There were also several calls related to falls, making up another 20% of the calls WNAA and DLRAA went out on. WNAA went on one of these earlier in the week, after a disabled lady was found having fallen on the floor. She had potentially broken her leg, and was given advanced pain relief and sedation before being taken to hospital in West Midlands Ambulance Service’s (WMAS) land ambulance. Our crew assisted with caring for the lady in the ambulance as she was taken to hospital.
A significant amount of our calls this week were also related to incidents that don’t fall under any of our usual categories of sports incidents, medical emergencies, domestic and industrial accidents, fall or road traffic collisions.
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