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MISSION CRITICAL: 5th – 11th Oct

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 30 missions.

Road traffic collisions made up our highest amount of callouts, as usual, at 52% of the total. Both WNAA flew to the A38 on Wednesday to assist West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). The patient was the driver of a car, who was extricated by fire and rescue services. WNAA helped give advanced pain relief and airway management before transferring the patient to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by air.

Sports accidents made up the next highest at 19%, with several motorcross and equestrian incidents happening over the course of the week. One of these was outside of our area in north Worcestershire. WNAA flew out to the accident, which took place on Sunday 11th September, to help a man who had fallen from his motorcross bike and sustained a head injury. They worked with event medics and WMAS to treat the patient, who was then flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Medical emergencies and incidents that couldn’t be categorised were the next most common, at 6% each.

Agricultural accidents and falls made up the last of our missions last week, at 5% each. DLRAA flew to Staffordshire to help a man who had been involved in an agricultural accident. The man was in his 30s and was treated by WMAS’ ambulance crew and response vehicle. The air ambulance crew gave advanced pain relief and splinted the patient before conveying him to Royal Derby Hospital by air.

WNAA and DLRAA are encouraging supporters to fill up milk bottles with spare change for their Bottle Bank campaign. For more information and the chance to get your own fundraising pack sent to you, click here.

About 11% of our rescue missions are to falls or similar incidents.

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