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MISSION CRITICAL: 4th – 10th April

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 37 missions.

Road traffic collisions were the most common cause of callout, at 47% of the total missions flown. DLRAA flew to Kibworth on Sunday after a motorcyclist was thrown from his bike into undergrowth.

The patient, who was in his 50s, suffered injuries to the lower half of his body. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) to assess and treat him. He was given strong pain relief and a splint to his leg and pelvis, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

The percentage of medical emergencies we go out on has remained high, at 29% of the total.

Falls were our next most common callout, at 13% of our missions. On Friday DLRAA attended a call in Derbyshire after a man was involved in a fall from a height.

THe patient, who was in his 50s, had fallen from scaffolding, sustaining injuries.

He was assessed and treated by the air ambulance crew for an abdominal injury, then flown to Royal Derby Hospital.

Sports incidents and incidents that couldn’t be categorised are our smallest categories this week, at 5% and 2% respectively.

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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