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MISSION CRITICAL: 27th Jul – 9th Aug

This week’s Mission Critical is a bumper pack of the last two weeks. Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last 14 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 61 missions.

Road traffic collisions, as they often do, represented the highest volume of missions our services completed this week, at 39%. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire on 30th July after an elderly man suffered severe injuries following a collision. The air ambulance crew landed on a road adjacent to the incident and worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the fire service to extricate the patient from his vehicle. He was stabilised and flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Sports accidents represented our second highest proportion of incidents, at 19% of total callouts. A large number of these were to equestrian accidents; WNAA were called to a village near Corby in Northamptonshire after a woman was thrown from a horse on 2nd August. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS on-scene to assess and treat the patient, who had a suspected head injury. She was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and strokes made up 15% of our missions over the last fortnight.

A full 9% of our missions were related to domestic and industrial accidents. DLRAA flew to Nottinghamshire to assist a man whose hand had become trapped in machinery. They worked with EMAS to assess and treat the man, giving him pain relief and splinting his arm. He was taken to hospital by the EMAS land ambulance.

Falls made up 8% of our missions. DLRAA flew near Kettering in Northamptonshire on Friday 7th August after a worker on a building site fell from a height. DLRAA’s crew worked with EMAS and other emergency services, including the fire service and a technical rescue team, to place the patient on a stretcher and carry him out. The man had suffered a serious injury to a limb, and was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire 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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