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MISSION CRITICAL: 11th – 17th Apr

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days, going to even more missions as the daylight hours change. 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 39 missions.

Road traffic collisions were the most common cause of callout, at 44% of the total missions flown.  DLRAA flew to Nottinghamshire on Thursday after a collision involving an HGV and a car left a man trapped.

The air ambulance was activated at 2.19pm and at the scene of the collision at 2.41pm.

They worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service, Nottingham Police and the Fire and Rescue Service to free the patient, who was trapped in the car for an hour. He was flown to Sheffield Northern General for further treatment.

Medical emergencies have remained a common cause of our services being called out, at 26% of total missions.

Falls and incidents without a category were unusually high, at 10% and 17% of the totals respectively. One of the uncategorisable incidents included a call to a man in his 20s who suffered flash burns after lighting an oven.

They worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, who was taken to hospital by land ambulance with members of the air ambulance crew travelling alongside to provide assistance.

Industrial accidents were our smallest category this week, at just 3% of the total. DLRAA was called to Langold in Derbyshire on Saturday after a man got his fingers caught in machinery.

The air ambulance was activated at 2.33pm and at the scene of the incident by 2.54pm.

DLRAA’s crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered severe injuries to his hand. He was flown to Royal Derby Hospital as they are the regional hand surgery centre.

As the light hours get longer, our helicopters adapt with longer flying hours, so they can be there for the public as much as possible. Find out more about our services by clicking here.

Every mission costs approximately £1,700 and on average we attend six rescue missions a day.

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