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MISSION CRITICAL: 10th – 23rd Aug

This week’s Mission Critical is another 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 53 missions.

Road traffic collisions represented the vast majority of our calls, at 42% of our total missions. This included an accident on the A46 on Sunday 23rd, after a cyclist was involved in a collision with a car. DLRAA mobilised at 11.36am, arriving at the scene at 11.51am to help out. They joined East Midlands Ambulance Service to assess and treat the patient, who had sustained injuries to his chest, upper limbs and lower leg. He was given pain relief and immobilised, then received pre-hospital anti-biotics and taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment.

WNAA flew to an incident on Wednesday 19th in Leicestershire after a collision between an LGV and a car left several people injured. WNAA joined EMAS and a BASICS nurse responder on the scene to help assess and treat the four patients. Three were taken to hospital by land ambulance, with one being flown to Queen’s Medical Centre by the air ambulance crew.

Medical emergencies and falls were the next most common incidents we attended, at 17% each. DLRAA flew to Grantham on Sunday 23rd after an elderly man fell from a ladder. The crew worked with East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme and EMAS at the scene of the accident to assess and treat the man, who had potential injuries to his head, neck and lower back. The patient was flown to Queen’s Medical Centre for further assessment.

Accidents related to sports made up 15% of our callouts over the last two weeks. DLRAA flew to Leicestershire after a child fell from his bike in the afternoon. They arrived on-scene at 4pm and joined EMAS to assess and treat the patient. He was given medication for his injuries, then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre for further assessment.

The last of our missions were to domestic and industrial accidents, at 3% of total callouts.

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

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