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MISSION CRITICAL: 21st Mar – 4th Apr

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last fortnight, 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 75 missions – that’s almost six per day.

Road traffic collisions were the most frequently attended missions, making up 35% of the total. WNAA flew to the A1 in Leicestershire on 2nd April after two patients were involved in a road traffic collision between a vehicle and a lorry.

The air ambulance was mobile at 9.21am, arriving at the scene at 9.43am.

Due to the serious injuries to both patients, both WNAA and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance were dispatched to the incident to assist. The air ambulance crews worked with each other and East Midlands Ambulance Service to assess and treat the patients.

WNAA aided in sedating the patients before applying splints to a man in his 30s, who was then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Medical emergencies were also a common reason for callouts over the last two weeks. They made up 24% of the missions the air ambulances crews went out on.

They went to a large number of incidents related to sports. According to mission stats from 2015 and 2014, sports incidents are at their highest through spring – not summer, like some might suspect. DLRAA drove to Leicester in their critical care car after a woman was thrown from her house while riding.

The crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service to assess and treat the patient, who was given pain relief, then taken to hospital via land ambulance.

Industrial accidents and falls made up the same amount of missions each, at 8% each. DLRAA flew to Oadby after a tree surgeon suffered a fall of approximately 30ft.

The air ambulance was mobile at 1.06pm, and at the scene by 1.37pm.

The patient was a man in his 50s who had sustained a serious head and chest injury following falling from a tree. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS and Dr Woods from East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme to assess and treat the patient. He was sedated on-scene and then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Missions that fell into the ‘other’ category made up 9% of total missions flown.

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