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MISSION CRITICAL: 11th – 17th 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 26 emergency calls.

As with last week, the majority of our missions were related to road traffic collisions, at 38% of the missions we attended. WNAA flew to Leicester on Wednesday 13th May after after two cars were involved in collision, resulting in two people being injured. One of the patients was suffering from chest injuries, while the other had neck and back pain. WNAA’s crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patients, who were then taken to hospital by EMAS.

DLRAA flew to Lincolnshire the same day to help out a motorcyclist after they were hit by a car. Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and EMAS also attended the scene. The motorcyclist had sustained severe injuries to multiple areas on his body. All the teams on scene worked together to assess and treat the patient, who was sedated and flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Sports injuries were also high this week, at 23% of total missions attended. Of these, several were related to equestrian incidents – check out our ICE card campaign for more information on how to stay safe on your horse.

WNAA flew to Leicestershire on Sunday 11th May after a woman fell from her horse. The air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who was complaining of back pain. She was immobilised to keep her safe during flight and given pain relief, then transported to Royal Derby Hospital.

Medical emergencies also made up a large proportion of our missions this week, at 19% of the total. These included cardiac arrests and serious burns.

We also attended industrial accidents and falls, at 8% and 4% of total missions respectively. This included a female patient who had fallen out of a bus and was in urgent need of pain relief. WNAA flew to Stratford Upon Avon to provide aid to the woman, working with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to help manage her pain. She was given pain relief, then taken to hospital by WMAS.

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