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MISSION CRITICAL: 4th – 10th May

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 27 emergency calls.

Road traffic collisions made up the overwhelming majority of missions the two services completed this week. Over 62% of the callouts they attended were related to traffic collisions. DLRAA flew to Market Harborough on Sunday 10th May after a man in his 50s was hit by a car. The air ambulance crew were on the scene within 15 minutes of mobilising, and worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient. He had suffered significant injuries to his lower limbs, and was sedated and flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

WNAA flew to the A5 on the same day after a motorcyclist and a car were involved in a road traffic collision. They worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, another man in his 50s, who was suffering from a serious injury to his leg. He was given pain relief and antibiotics before being transported to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

DLRAA were also called to a large emergency on Tuesday 5th May after a coach carrying 30 passengers was involved in a multiple vehicle road traffic collision on the M1. DLRAA was the first medical resource to arrive, and assessed the scene, communicating with DLRAA control to establish what medical resources were needed for the patients. In total, 36 patients were assessed and treated by DLRAA, EMAS, and the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) team. The air ambulance crew worked with the fire and rescue service to extricate the coach driver, who was then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Medical emergencies were the second highest percentage of callouts this week, at 18%. This included cardiac arrests and medical collapses.

A significant amount of callouts were related to sports injuries, at 11% of total missions. WNAA flew to an equestrian related incident on Thursday 7th May after a woman in her 30s fell from her horse. The air ambulance crew worked with medical staff on-scene and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the patient. She was sedated and taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Falls made up 3% of our incidents, while other accidents and emergencies made up the final 3% this week.

We launched our Wellies for Helis campaign last week. For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, click 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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