MISSION CRITICAL: 20th – 26th Apr
Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the past seven days. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.
Last week Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance continues (DLRAA) responded to a total of 31 emergency calls.
Unusually, sports accidents represented the highest number of our callouts this week, at 35%, perhaps due to the warmer weather. This included a large amount of equestrian related missions. On Friday 24th April, DLRAA flew to Leicestershire after a teenage girl fell from her horse. The air ambulance crew assessed her as having an injury to her pelvis and her leg. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) helped treat the girl, applying a splint and giving pain relief, before DLRAA flew her to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
WNAA flew to Northamptonshire on Sunday 26th March after another woman suffered a fall while riding her horse. The patient, who was in her 60s, was assessed by the air ambulance crew as suffering from a head injury, and was airlifted to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.
Road traffic collisions were also high, at 22% of our total missions. WNAA flew to Southam in Warwickshire on Sunday 26th May after a road traffic collision left a patient trapped in their car. The patient was carefully extricated by the emergency services on-scene, including the fire and rescue service, police, and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). The patient had suffered injuries to his head and chest, and was given pain relief and flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Incidents relating to medical emergencies made up 16% of our total missions, and included cardiac arrests and seizures.
Falls made up 13% of our callouts, while other incidents made up the last 13%. DLRAA were called to a remote location in Derbyshire on Tuesday 21st May after a man suffered a fall from a rock face. DLRAA’s air ambulance crew assessed him as having injuries to his head and arm. He was splinted, secured and carried to the helicopter, then taken to Wythenshaw Hospital for further assessment.
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