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MISSION CRITICAL: 19th Oct – 1st Nov

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last 14 days, come rain, shine, or even spooky zombies on Halloween. 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 41 missions.

Road traffic collisions made up the majority of missions over the last fortnight, at 49% of the missions we went out on. DLRAA flew to Market Harborough on Sunday 1st November after a man on a mobility scooter was involved in a road traffic collision with a car. He was assessed and treated for potential injuries to his neck and back before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Falls and medical emergencies jointly made up our second most frequent missions, at 12% of the total each. WNAA flew to Northampton on Wednesday 28th October after a young male fell from a third storey building. He was assess and treated by our air ambulance crew and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

A full 10% of our missions were related to industrial accidents, while a further 10% were to missions that fell into our ‘other’ category. DLRAA flew to Nottingham on Monday 26th October to help a man who had become trapped in a machine on an industrial unit. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered tissue loss on his upper arm and abrasions to his back. He was flown to Royal Derby Hospital for further treatment.

One of our ‘other’ missions was to a man who was piloting a glider and became injured when he landed heavily. DLRAA flew to Leicestershire to help the man, who was in his 60s and had suffered multiple serious injuries. The air ambulance crew worked with clinicians from EMAS and East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme to assess and treat the man, who was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Sports accidents made up the last of our missions, at 7% of the total callouts the air ambulances went to. WNAA flew to Northamptonshire on Monday 26th October after a young boy was injured in a go-karting accident. He had suffered injuries to his right leg, and was assessed and treated by the air ambulance crew and EMAS for injuries to his right leg. He was then given pain relief and flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

Have a fun and safe Bonfire Night this 5th November.

Able to reach speeds of up to 185mph, our state of the art AgustaWestland 109 helicopters’ average response time is just 13 minutes.

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