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MISSION CRITICAL: 15th – 21st Feb

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.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 19 missions.

Road traffic colisions made up the majority of our callouts this week, making up 47% of the total missions the services went out on. WNAA flew to Weldon, Northamptonshire on Sunday after a road traffic collision led to a young girl being trapped in a vehicle. The fire crew worked to cut the patient free, who was then asssessed and treated by the air ambulance crew and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). She had suffered injuries to her legs and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment.

We were called out to an equal amount of industrial accidents, sports accidents and falls, at 16% each. DLRAA flew to Leicestershire after a man in his 60s was involved in an industrial accident after another man fell through a roof. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, who was taken via land ambulance to Leicester Royal Infirmary for further treatment.

DLRAA flew near Buxton at the weekend after a woman suffered a fall while hill-walking. Due to difficulty landing at the location, the air ambulance crew had to deplane from a hover. The doctor then assessed the patient and gave her pain relief while the mountain rescue team reached her to take her to the awaiting helicopter. She was flown to Royal Derby Hospital for further treatment.

Medical emergencies were unusually low, at just 5% of the total.

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About 11% of our rescue missions are to falls or similar incidents.

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