MISSION CRITICAL: 23rd – 29th Jan
This week has been our busiest so far this year, with our air ambulances being called out 64 times across the five counties we cover.
Here’s a brief overview of what Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been up to over the last week.
Road traffic collisions made up the largest percentage of our missions, at 53% of all our missions. Our night cars from both WNAA and DLRAA were dispatched to Leicestershire at the weekend after a car went into a ditch, causing injuries to four separate patients.
One of the patients, a man in his 20s, was trapped in the vehicle.
The air ambulance crews worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and the fire service in order to free the trapped man, who had suffered injuries to his face, chest and legs.
All four patients were assessed and treated at the scene, then taken to hospital in land ambulances.
Their current conditions are unknown.
Medical emergencies were also common last week, reaching 22% of our total.
Incidents that could not be categorised were next most common, at 14% of the total.
Falls, industrial and domestic accidents and sports injuries made up the rest, at 6%, 3% and 2% respectively. Sports injuries included an injury sustained by a young man at a college in Derbyshire while playing rugby.
The air ambulance was called at 12:12pm, arriving on-scene just eight minutes later.
The teenager was given advice and assistance at the scene, then taken to Queen’s Medical Centre by land ambulance for further assistance.
DLRAA would like to thank the college for their hospitality while they were at the scene.
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