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MISSION CRITICAL: 29th Jun – 5th Jul

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 29 missions.

Road traffic accidents once again accounted for the majority of our callouts this week, at 35% of total missions. 40% of these were related to cycling accidents. WNAA flew to Northamptonshire on Tuesday after an elderly cyclist was hit be a cement lorry, causing him serious pelvic injuries. WNAA were the first on-scene, and rapidly worked to activate their major haemorrhage protocol, packing the man’s wounds and calling ahead to the hospital to let them know the patient may need blood. He was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

DLRAA flew to Buxton early in the week after a collision involving a car and a motorcycle led to serious injuries for two patients. North West Air Ambulance joined them at the scene following a request for a second helicopter due to the severity of the injuries, and they worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat both patients. DLRAA flew one of them to University Hospitals of North Midlands.

Incidents related to medical emergencies were the second highest reason for callouts, at 28%. These included cardiac arrests and collapses and faints.

Sports incidents were also fairly high, at 14% of incidents. WNAA flew to Northamptonshire on Sunday after a teenage girl fell from a horse and sustained suspected pelvic damage. She was assessed and treated by the air ambulance crew, working in conjuncture with EMAS, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Falls and accidents accounted for 10% each of our missions. Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance flew to Hasland midweek after a middle aged man fell out of a tree while building a treehouse and landed on a tree stump. He suffered chest injuries, and was assessed and treated by DLRAA before being flown to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

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About 17% of our rescue missions are to sports related accidents.

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