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MISSION CRITICAL: 3rd – 9th Oct

It’s been another busy week, with 31 callouts across the five counties we cover. This week we went to several industrial accidents, as well as a high proportion of road traffic collisions and other missions.

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.

As is often the case, we went out to more road traffic collisions than any other kind of incident, at 42% of the missions we went to. On Thursday DLRAA was dispatched to Derbyshire after a car collided with a tree, leaving the driver injured.

The air ambulance crew arrived at the scene in 18 minutes, assisting East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) in assessing and treating the patient, who was a man in his 70s. He had suffered injuries to his head and abdomen, and was flown to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

Medical emergencies were also high, at 26% of the callouts the crews went out on.

Both falls and industrial accidents were unusually high, at 13% for the former and 10% for the latter. DLRAA were dispatched to Mansfield, Nottinghamshire after a man fell from a height of around 20ft onto concrete.

The air ambulance crew arrived at 2.36pm and worked with EMAS and the Hazardous Area Response Team to assess and treat the patient, who was in his 60s and had suffered a head injury.

He was sedated and taken to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

The remaining missions were made up of sports injuries, at 3%, and missions that could not be categorised.

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About 11% of our rescue missions are to falls or similar incidents.

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