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MISSION CRITICAL: 29th Feb – 14th Mar

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last fortnight – even through flooding. 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 61 missions.

Road traffic collisions made up the majority of our missions, as they often do. They accounted for 44% of the total our crews went to. WNAA was called to the A6 at the beginning of March after a motorcyclist’s bike left the road and crashed in a ditch. They worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had sustained injuries to his face, head and legs. He was given advanced pain relief and flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests and collapses, were also quite high on the list of reasons for callouts. They made up 25% of total missions. WNAA was called to Silverstone Race circuit after a runner suffered a medical collapse. The male patient was seen and assessed by a doctor at the event and helped by St John Ambulance, who then worked with the air ambulance crew to provide treatment. He was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

As the weather starts getting warmer, more people are out and about getting their sporting fix. Just over 15% of our missions this week were to sports incidents. DLRAA was called to Nottinghamshire after a young woman was thrown from her horse. She was assessed and treated by the air ambulance crew, and was suffering from a potentially fractured leg. They gave her pain relief and flew her to Queen’s Medical Centre for further treatment.

Falls and industrial accidents were relatively low, at 5% of the total for the former and just 1% for the latter.

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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