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MISSION CRITICAL 22nd – 28th 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 22 missions.

The majority of the missions the services went out on were to road traffic collisions, at 40% of the total. WNAA was called to Northamptonshire after two cars were involved in a collision, resulting in five people needing emergency treatment. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patients. Two adults were taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire with injuries to their ankles and wrists; one of them also had suspected chest injuries. The other three patients, including two children, were taken to Northampton General Hospital. All patients were taken to hospital via land ambulance.

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, WNAA found themselves on the A14 after a serious multiple vehicle collision left several patients injured. They worked with colleagues from Midlands Air Ambulance, as well as EMAS, to assess the patients on-scene, with both helicopters taking care of the most seriously injured casulties. Our air ambulance crew helped a man in his 40s who had been trapped in his vehicle for a prolonged period of time. He was given advanced pain relief, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further care.

Sports incidents were the second most common missions our crews went out on, at 32% of all of our callouts. DLRAA was called to Leicestershire at the weekend after a teenager was involved in an incident at a rugby game. EMAS called in the air ambulance to assist, who helped assess and immobilise the patient, who was suffering from suspected head and neck injuries. He was then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment.

Medical emergencies were also relatively high, at 14% of missions.

The crews also went to industrial incidents, which made up 9% of the total emergencies, and to a single mission that could not be categorised.

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About 17% of our rescue missions are to sports related accidents.

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