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MISSION CRITICAL: 25th – 31st 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 over the past week.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 16 missions.

As usual, road traffic collisions were our most common reason for going out, at 50% of our total missions. WNAA flew to the B4100 after a motocyclist was involved in a collision with a car. He had suffered potential injuries to his chest, head and neck. Our air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the patient, then gave advanced pain relief and flew him to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Sports incidents made up 19% of our missions.

Accidents involving falls were the next most common reason for the air ambulances to be called out last week, at 13% of the total. WNAA flew to Warwickshire midweek after a man fell from scaffolding and suffered potential injuries to his back and pelvis. West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was first on the scene and called our air ambulance to fly the man to hospital due to a potentially lengthy land ambulance journey. Our air ambulance crew gave pain relief and flew the man to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Industrial incidents made up 6% of our missions this week.

All other callouts were to missions that could not be categorised.

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Our helicopter can fly at speeds of up to 185mph – meaning that distances can be travelled about four times faster than by road.

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