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MISSION CRITICAL: 8th – 14th Feb

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last fortnight days. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to over the past fortnight.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 43 missions.

Unusually, medical emergencies were the kinds of incidents we went to most often over the past two weeks, at 35% of our total callouts.

Road traffic accidents were the next highest, at 28% of total missions. WNAA flew to Tamworth after an elderly woman was involved in a road traffic collision. She had suffered serious lower limb injuries after being struck by a car. The air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the ptient, who was given pain relief and a splint, and then flew her to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.

Industrial and domestics accidents were also unusually high, at 16% of missions. WNAA flew to Nottinghamshire at the end of the fortnight after a woman was involved in an accident with a lawnmower. She had suffered partial amputation of all four fingers on her right hand, and was assessed and cared for by an East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedic before being flown to Queen’s Medical Centre by our air ambulance crew.

Falls represented 11% of our callouts. DLRAA flew to an isolated path in Derbyshire after a woman suffered a fall while out walking. The air ambulance crew was the only resource on-scene, and worked to locate and assess the patient, who had damaged her ankle. She was given pain relief and a vacuum splint and carried 200 metres to the aircraft before being flown to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further assessment.

Sports incidents made up just 2% of the incidents, while other incidents made up the last 7%.

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

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