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MISSION CRITICAL: 6th – 12th Jun

Last week was a very exciting one for your local air ambulance services. They hit their 25,000th mission milestone – that’s thousands of people helped by our charity.

Here’s a snapshot of what they were up to during the week. To read about the 25,000th mission itself, click here.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 41 missions.

As is often the case, road traffic collisions were the most common reason for the air ambulances being called out, and made up 44% of the total of missions last week. DLRAA flew to Leicester on Sunday after a man in his 30s was involved in a collision.

The air ambulance received the call at 2.40pm and was at the scene of the accident at 2.52pm.

After landing on a closed road nearby, DLRAA’s crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered potential injuries to his head and chest. He was then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre for further care.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and medical collapses were also quite common, at 24% of all the missions the crews went out on. WNAA was called out to Burton Latimer after a man suffered a medical collapse

Sports incidents and falls both saw an equal amount of call outs, and made up 22% of the total between them. DLRAA flew to Burbage at the weekend after a man fell from a ladder, causing potential injuries to his head and pelvis.

The air ambulance was called at 11.23am and joined East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at the scene at 11.41am.

The crew then worked with the EMAS paramedics to assess and treat the patient. He was given critical care and supported by the air ambulance crew in the back of the land ambulance as he was taken to hospital.

Industrial and domestic accidents made up just 2% of the total, while incidents that could not be categorised made up 7% of the total.

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.

About 44% of our rescue missions are to road traffic collisions.

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