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MISSION CRITICAL: 7th – 13th Sept

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 28 missions.

Road traffic collisions were the most common reason for our services to be called out, at 43% of calls we attended. WNAA flew to Lincolnshire late on Thursday after a motorcyclist lost control on a bend. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and a doctor with Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) were on scene when WNAA arrived. The services worked together to assess and treat the patient, who had a suspected chest injury. He was flown to Queen’s Medical Centre for further treatment.

Sports accidents were the second most common, at 21%, with the helicopters being called out to high numbers of equestrian-related incidents specifically.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and collapses accounted for 11% of our total missions. DLRAA was called to Leicestershire after a young woman was injured by a falling horse. They landed in a nearby field, working together with EMAS and a responder from the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) to assess and treat the patient, who was then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Industrial accidents also made up for 11% of our missions. WNAA flew to Rutland early in the week to a woman who was involved in a tractor accident. They worked with a doctor from the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) to assess and treat the patient, who had injuries to her legs. She was given pain relief and flown to Peterborough City Hospital for further treatment.

Falls and incidents that couldn’t be categorised made up 7% each of our missions. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire towards the end of the week to treat a man who had suffered a fall through a garage ceiling. They worked together with EMAS and Amvale to assess and treat the patient, who was suffering from injuries to his chest and head. He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre by land ambulance, with one of DLRAA’s crew assisting on the journey.

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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