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MISSION CRITICAL: 5th – 11th September

It’s been another varied week with 20 call outs across the five counties we cover. As with last week, road traffic collisions were particularly high.

Here’s a brief look at some of what Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) went out on last week.

The services went to a wide range of different incidents, but road traffic collisions were, once again, the majority of their calls, at 50% of the total. Both helicopters flew to Staffordshire on Sunday after a severe road traffic collision left multiple people injured.

They worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service, Midlands Air Ambulance and the police and fire services to assist a woman and a young girl who suffered serious injuries in the crash. A further patient was taken to hospital by Midlands Air Ambulance.

The patients were then flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital. Their current conditions are unknown.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests were also high, at 20% of all the missions the services went out on.

Falls, meanwhile, made up 10% of all the callouts the air ambulances went to, while sports missions made up just 5%. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire on Saturday after a teenage boy suffered an injury while playing rugby.

The air ambulance crew joined East Midlands Air Ambulance at the scene, where they assisted in assessing and treating the patient, before flying him to Sheffield Northern General for further care.

The last 15% of our missions were made up by unusual incidents that could not be otherwise categorised.

Help keep us flying by volunteering to help out during Air Ambulance Week this month.

Every mission costs approximately £1,700 and on average we attend six rescue missions a day.

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