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MISSION CRITICAL: 11th – 17th 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 21 missions.

The majority of the missions the air ambulance crews went out on were to road traffic collisions, which collectively made up 35% of all missions the services went out on.

Both services flew to one such callout early in the week, when a road traffic collision in Lincolnshire needed multiple helicopters to manage four patients. They were joined on-scene by Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. WNAA assessed, treated and flew a man in his 80s with suspected chest and leg injuries to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, while DLRAA cared for a man in his 30s who had suffered injuries to his head, pelvis and legs. He was also flown to QMC for further treatment.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrest and collapse also made up a large proportion of this week’s missions, at 25% of the total. DLRAA helped a patient near their base at East Midlands Airport after he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was taken to Royal Derby Hospital via land ambulance after being given advanced life support at the scene.

Industrial and domestic accidents made up the next most missions, at 13% of callouts completed during the week.

The service didn’t go to any sports incidents or falls, but incidents outside of the usual categories made up another 13% of missions this week.

WNAA did perform a rare inter-hospital transfer from helipad to helipad to help a woman in her 70s get from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire to a specialist spinal centre.

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

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