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MISSION CRITICAL: 9th – 15th Nov

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 25 missions.

Road traffic collisions made up the majority of the two services’ missions last week, at 56%. WNAA flew to Leicestershire at the weekend after a motorcyclist fell from his bike on the track. They arrived on scene at 3.30pm, joining East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient. He was a man in his 20s who had suffered suspected injuries to his chest and pelvis, and was given advanced pain relief before being taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Earlier in the week, WNAA flew to Northamptonshire after the driver of an LGV crashed at the side of the road. They worked again with EMAS to help the patient, who had suspected chest and abdominal injuries, and was sedated and given advanced pain relief before being transferred by the helicopter to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Medical emergencies like collapses and cardiac arrests were the next highest number of callouts, at 20%.

Incidents related to sports were also high, at 16% of the total missions. DLRAA flew to Leicestershire on Sunday to help a young boy who became injured while playing rugby. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS to help the boy, who was assessed and treated and then taken to a nearby emergency department by the EMAS land crew.

Industrial accidents and other incidents made up 4% each.

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About 18% of our rescue missions are to medical emergencies.

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