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MISSION CRITICAL: 16rd – 22nd Mar

Here’s a brief snapshot of the rescue missions that our crew have attended over the last seven days.

Last week Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance continues (DLRAA) responded to a total of 28 emergency calls.

There was an increase in calls for medical emergencies for reasons including cardiac arrest, collapse and seizure, which made up 25% of last weeks’ rescue missions.

An increase was also seen in the number of sporting incidents the crew were required for, at 21%. On Sunday afternoon WNAA flew to help a young male in Loughborough, after he was involved in an incident during a rugby match. The WNAA helicopter and crew landed on the pitch at 1.37pm, just 13 minutes after take-off from the airbase in Coventry. The patient was complaining of head and neck pain therefore the onboard critical care paramedic and trauma doctor provided him with pain relief to ease his discomfort before flying him to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further care.

Road traffic collisions are still the most common type of mission attended by WNAA and DLRAA, making up 43% of all incidents attended in the last seven days. Some of the areas they have flown to, to help the patients involved in these incidents, are: North Leicestershire, Swadlincote, Northampton and Grantham,

There were also calls received this week where our crew were required to help patients involved in industrial accidents and serious falls. In total these incidents made up another 11% of the rescue missions they completed last week.

If you’d like to support your local air ambulance and help to save lives in your community, you can join us for our White Peak Challenge in May. To find out more visit our event page here. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.

Able to reach speeds of up to 185mph, our state of the art AgustaWestland 109 helicopters’ average response time is just 13 minutes.

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