MISSION CRITICAL: 15th – 21st Jun
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 19 missions.
Unusually, our highest number of callouts this week was to incidents related to falls, representing 37% of our total missions. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire early in the week after an 85 year old man fell from a height in his home. DLRAA’s crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who was sedated and stabilised before being taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by land ambulance, with the air ambulance crew travelling with him.
WNAA flew to Leicestershire on Wednesday after a man fell down the stairs at his home. They assisted EMAS in extricating the patient from a difficult position, then packaged him ready for transportation to a local trauma unit by land ambulance.
Road traffic collisions were also high, comprising 26% of the total incidents we attended.
Agricultural and domestic accidents were also high this week, at 16% of missions our services went out on. This included a mission DLRAA went out to in Leicestershire after a woman was attacked by a cow shortly after it had calved. The patient, who was in her 50s, was in a lot of pain, and was given pain relief by the air ambulance crew before being taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by an EMAS land ambulance.
Medical emergencies made up a smaller percentage than usual, with these and sports related injuries making up 10% of missions each.
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