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MISSION CRITICAL: 17th – 30th Oct

It’s been a very busy fortnight, with our air ambulances being called out 62 times across the five counties we cover. This included a significant number of falls, as well as the usual road traffic collisions and medical emergencies.

Here’s a brief look at some of what Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been to over the last two weeks.

Our highest proportion of missions was made up by road traffic collisions. These represented 34% of all of the missions we went out on. On 28th WNAA flew to Northampton after a motorcycle collision resulted in two patients being injured.

The air ambulance was mobilised at 3.14pm, arriving on-scene at 3.28pm.

The crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patients. One, a man in his 50s, had suffered head injuries and was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Medical emergencies were also common, making up 24% of all the missions over the last two weeks.

Unusually, 15% of our missions were made up of falls. WNAA flew to woods near Coalville after a man in his 70s slipped and fell down a bank while walking in the woods.

The air ambulance worked with EMAS, Leicester Fire and Tech Rescue and the police to reach, assess and treat the patient.

He had suffered injuries to his leg and hip. The patient was given advanced pain relief and then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, for further treatment.

Sports missions made up 13% of the total of our callouts.

Industrial and domestic accidents and missions that could not be categorised made up 6% each.

Did you help out in this year’s Air Ambulance Week? Our totals have now been released. Click here for more information.

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

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