MISSION CRITICAL: 18th – 24th 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 27 missions.
Road traffic collisions made up a slight majority of missions the services went out on this week, at 33% of the total. WNAA flew close to Stretton at the weekend after a car and an HGV were involved in a collision. A man in his 60s had become trapped in his vehicle and was suffering from potential injuries to his legs and pelvis. WNAA worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and the fire and rescue service to extricate the patient. He was given pain relief and sedated, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Medical emergencies and sports incidents were also high this week, at 22% each.
DLRAA were called to Nottinghamshire after a teenage boy was involved in a sporting accident. They landed first on scene to help the boy, who had twisted his back after being tackled. DLRAA’s crew immobilised him, gave him pain relief and kept him warm, then handed him over to East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for transport to hospital.
Falls made up 7% of our total missions. DLRAA flew to the beautiful Mam Tor after a woman became injured while out walking. They joined a mountain rescue team and EMAS to assist and treat the woman, who had minor injuries to her legs. She was moved by EMAS via land ambulance.
The crews went to a single industrial accident and the rest of the missions were to incidents that couldn’t be categorised.
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