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MISSION CRITICAL: 24th Aug – 6th Sep

This week’s Mission Critical is the last bumper pack of two weeks for a while. Next week it will go back to being on a weekly basis.

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 60 missions.

Road traffic collisions again topped our reasons for callout this week, at 42% of total missions run. WNAA was called to Melton Mowbray on Sunday 6th September after a motorcyclist came off his bike, landing on his head and causing injuries. An off duty nurse assisted in giving treatment while ambulance services rushed to the scene. WNAA’s crew were the first on-scene, helping the man, who had injuries to his head and needed to be sedated. He was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Sports incidents were also high, at 18% of the calls our services went to. DLRAA flew to two in one day on Sunday 6th September.

The first was in Hinckley after a teenage boy was injured playing rugby. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) called in the air ambulance crew to help treat the teenager. He was assessed by one of our onboard doctors, then taken via land ambulance to Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The second was in Derbyshire, after a man in his 30s had a fall while rock climbing. The air ambulance received was mobile by 2.23pm, and at the scene by 2.42pm. The man was assessed and treated on-scene, then taken to Royal Derby Hospital by air due to inaccessibility by land.

Falls were also unusually high, at 17% of our missions. DLRAA was called to Stanage Edge in the Peak District on 29th August after a man fell and became injured. They received the call at 6.26pm and landed at the top of the end to make their way to the patient. They were first on scene, but were quickly joined by Edale Mountain Rescue Team who helped them move the patient to a waiting EMAS land ambulance. He was taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and collapses made up 10% of our missions.

Industrial and domestic accidents and other incidents made up the last 14% of this week’s callouts.

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.

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