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MISSION CRITICAL: 25th – 31st May

Mission Critical comes a little late this week thanks to technical difficulties and a major incident earlier in the week. Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 26 missions.

The highest percentage of callouts this week was to road traffic collisions, which made up 31% of the total missions. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire on Thursday 28th May in the early morning after two cars were involved in a head-on collision. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service and the police to extricate, assess and treat the two patients. One of the patients was a man in his sixties, who was treated for his injuries, given pain relief, and flown to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Medical emergencies and falls also made up high percentages of our callouts, at 27% each. Our medical missions included collapses, cardiac arrests and an allergic reaction.

We also attended industrial accidents, which represented 7% of our total missions. WNAA flew to Stratford Upon Avon on Wednesday 27th May after a man was involved in an industrial accident that left him with severe head injuries. The patient, who was a man in his late forties, was assessed and treated by the air ambulance crew and the West Midlands Ambulance Service. He was sedated and flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

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The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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