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MISSION CRITICAL: 6th – 12th Jul

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days, come rain or shine. 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 36 missions.

Road traffic collisions were the overwhelming majority of incidents we were called out to, at 48% of the total missions we responded to. DLRAA flew to a collision in Melton Mowbray on Thursday 9th after a cyclist was hit by a van. They worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered multiple injuries and needed urgent care. He was given pain relief and a pelvic binder, then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment.

WNAA flew to Warwickshire on Saturday 11th after a car hit a telegraph pole and turned on its side in a ditch. The patient was a female driver in her 50s who had become trapped in her vehicle. WNAA assisted Warwickshire fire service and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) with extricating the patient, then assessed and treated her with WMAS. She had suffered injuries to her neck, shoulder and abdomen. She was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Sports accidents were also unusually high, at 23% of missions attended. DLRAA flew to Northamptonshire after a parachutist got into difficulty upon landing. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered an injury to his ankle. He was taken to a nearby hospital by land ambulance.

They were called to Bradwell later that same day after a hang-glider collided with a wall on landing, suffering injuries to his face, chest and arm. The crew worked with Edale Mountain Rescue and EMAS to access, assess and treat the patient, who was then taken to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

Falls accounted for 9% of our missions. DLRAA flew to north Leicester on Tuesday 7th after a man fell into a canal. The air ambulance crew were at the scene within ten minutes of being in the air, and helped colleagues from EMAS assess the patient, who was in his 20s. He was taken by land ambulance to hospital for further treatment.

Medical emergencies were low this week, which is unusual. They made up 6% of the missions we attended. Domestic and industrial accidents made up 3%, while other incidents made up 11%.

WNAA and DLRAA are currently raising money to help them buy lifesaving materials. For more information about how gauze saved our patient Jamie’s life, and how you can help more people in critical need of care, click here or call 08454 130999 to talk to us direct.

About 44% of our rescue missions are to road traffic collisions.

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