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MISSION CRITICAL: 20th – 26th 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 31 missions.

Road traffic collisions represented a huge proportion of our missions this week, at 55% of our total callouts. This included three missions in one day for DLRAA; one in Lincolnshire, one in Derbyshire, and one on the M1 J14-15 Southbound. They first flew out at 11.39am, arriving on-scene at 12.09am and assisting East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who was a young child. They then flew the child to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

They flew to the second incident at 1.50pm, arriving at 2.10pm to help a motorcyclist who had been injured in a collision. The air ambulance crew worked with Yorkshire Air Ambulance and EMAS before flying the patient to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

DLRAA was activated for their third mission at 3.55pm, and on-scene at 4.15pm. They were called to the M1 after a driver was injured in a collision, and landed on the motorway before assisting EMAS in treating an older male patient before flying him to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Sports incidents were unusually our next highest number of missions, representing 19% of our callouts. These were all related to equestrian activities – if you haven’t already, make sure you’ve got your ICE card for when you’re out and about.

Medical emergencies like collapses and cardiac arrests made up 13% of our missions this week.

Industrial and agricultural accidents accounted for the rest of the missions, at 9%. WNAA were called to Stratford on Tuesday after a man in his 60s suffered a crush injury. He was assessed and treated by our air ambulance crew and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), having suffered a suspected leg fracture. He was then taken to hospital by a WMAS land ambulance for further treatment.

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

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