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MISSION CRITICAL: 5th – 11th Dec

It’s been another busy week, with our air ambulances being called out 27 times across the five counties we cover. As we move into winter and encounter more rainy weather and evening frosts, road traffic collisions continue to make up a large majority 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 once again made up the majority of our missions at 44% of our total. WNAA was called to the A45 on Thursday after three vehicles were involved in an RTC.

They arrived at the scene of the accident at 4.57pm, arriving via their critical care car.

The crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service to assess and treat the five patients at the scene.

One of the patients was a man in his 40s who suffered injuries to his head and arms. He was taken to hospital by land ambulance, with a crew member travelling aboard.

The rest of the patients on-scene were assessed by WNAA’s trauma doctor. Two of them were discharged, with the other two travelling to local trauma units with EMAS crews.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests have also been common, with 22% of our callouts being to them. WNAA were called to Warwickshire on Tuesday after a patient suffered a cardiac arrest.

As it was still early in the morning, they responded using the critical care car. The team were mobilised at 8.42am and at the scene of the cardiac arrest by 9.12am.

The crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who was a man in his 60s.

They then accompanied the patient to Horton Hospital via land ambulance to continue care.

As it gets icy and conditions get colder, falls are also common injuries. This week they made up 15% of our missions.

Sports injuries and incidents that could not be categorised made up the rest of our missions, at 11% and 4% respectively.

Join us for a very special evening of live music in support of your local air ambulance. X Factor 2013 winner, Sam Bailey, will be performing alongside rising classical music star, Katie Marshall, and the award winning De Montfort University Gospel Choir as well as further acts to be announced. For more information and updates on the event click here.

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

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