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MISSION CRITICAL: 4th – 10th Jul

Your local air ambulance crews have been hard at work again over the last week. We’ve put together a short snapshot to keep you up to date with the types of missions they typically go out to.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have flown to a combined total of 50 missions in the past week.

Top of the reasons for callouts were road traffic collisions, as they often are. They made up a huge 42% of the total missions our crews went out on. DLRAA flew to the A6 near Market Harborough on Sunday after a pillion passenger on a motorcycle was thrown into a ditch.

The air ambulance crew arrived on scene at 2.59pm and assessed and treated the patient, who was a woman in her 20s.

She had suffered injuries to her head and was immobolised then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests were also one of our more frequent callouts. They made up 20% of the total missions. WNAA flew to a service station in Northampton after a man in his 30s suffered a cardiac arrest.

The air ambulance was called at 5.48pm and at the scene by 6.01pm.

The patient, a man in his 30s, was given CPR immediately following his collapse by a bystander. He was defibrillated by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) team, then assessed and sedated by the air ambulance crew.

He was flown to University Hospitals and Warwickshire for further care.

Sports injuries and falls were also relatively common, at 10% of the total each.

We went to an unusually high amount of industrial accidents, making up 8% of missions.

The final 10% was made up of missions that fell outside of our usual categories.

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