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MISSION CRITICAL: 7th – 12th Apr

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the past six days. This mission critical may be one day short thanks to Easter Monday being covered in last week’s, but the air ambulances have been as busy as ever.

Last week Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance continues (DLRAA) responded to a total of 19 emergency calls.

Our highest number of missions were once again represented by road traffic collisions, which were 52% of the total callouts our air ambulances scrambled to. DLRAA was called to the M1, junctions 28 to 29 northbound, on Thursday 9th April after multiple patients were involved in a collision. Arriving first on the scene, they assessed and treated several male patients, then handed them over to East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to be taken to hospital.

The warm weather this week has seen many people head back outside to their sporting activities, and, accordingly, missions related to sports were high. 36% of incidents our crews attended were due to sports accidents. WNAA flew to Henley-in-Arden on Wednesday 8th April after a man fell from his horse. The air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) as suffering a potentially broken leg. He was given pain relief and a traction splint, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

DLRAA flew to another sporting incident on Sunday 12th April after a man participating in a motorbike track race fell from his bike at speed. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS and track medics to assess and treat the patient, who was suffering from chest injuries. He was given pain relief and sedated before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Medical emergencies were unusually low this week, at only 5% of total incidents attended. Falls were also low, again at 5%.

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.

Every mission costs approximately £1,700 and on average we attend six rescue missions a day.

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