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MISSION CRITICAL: 4th – 10th Jan

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to as we get stuck into the New Year.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 23 missions.

Most of the missions the crews went to this week were road traffic collisions, at 39% of all callouts. Early in the week, WNAA was called to Warwickshire after a road traffic collision left multiple patients injured. West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was on the scene on the air ambulance crew’s arrival, treating the patients who had been extricated from the vehicles. A young boy was still trapped in a vehicle, so WNAA assisted in extricating the patient and gave him advanced pain relief before flying him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The crews also found themselves called out to a high proportion of medical emergencies, making up 35% of missions we went to. DLRAA flew to Derby on the 10th January after a man in his 40s collapsed during a running event. Thanks to rapid assistance from a passing doctor, the man’s condition improved. The air ambulance crew worked with the event medics, the bystander doctor and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to help manage his condition. DLRAA’s crew then travelled with him in the land ambulance as he went to Royal Derby Hospital.

Industrial and domestic accidents made up 9% of all missions.

Falls made up another 9%, with missions that fall into the ‘other’ category making up the final 9%. DLRAA flew to Crich midweek to help a man who had fallen from a ladder. The patient was in his 70s and had suffered potential head injuries. DLRAA worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, then flew him to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

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About 44% of our rescue missions are to road traffic collisions.

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