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MISSION CRITICAL: 7th – 20th Nov

It’s been another busy fortnight, with our air ambulances being called out 59 times across the five counties we cover. As we move into winter and encounter more rainy weather and evening frosts, road traffic collisions have made up a huge amount of our missions.

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 week.

Road traffic collisions made up a huge 59% of all missions our services have been out on over the last two weeks. DLRAA flew to a location near Buxton last week after a head-on collision between a van and a car left two people injured.

They mobilised at 2.00pm, arriving at the scene of the accident by 2.23pm.

One of the patients, a man in his 20s, had been trapped in his car for a prolonged period of time. DLRAA joined East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the fire and rescue crews to extricate and assess the patient.

He had suffered injuries to his pelvis and legs, and was given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Medical emergencies, like cardiac arrests, made up 20% of the incidents our crews went to.

Falls and sports incidents made up the next most, at 8% and 7% respectively. DLRAA flew to Nottinghamshire after a window cleaner fell from a ladder and was injured.

The air ambulance was mobile at 3.57pm, arriving on the scene at 4.13pm.

The cleaner had suffered injuries to his legs in the fall. He was assessed and treated by EMAS and the air ambulance crew, then given advanced pain relief.

He was taken to hospital by land ambulance, with air ambulance crew travelling in the back to continue treatment.

His current condition is unknown.

Industrial emergencies made up only 2% of the missions, while missions that could not be categorised made up 3%.

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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