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MISSION CRITICAL: 30th Jan – 5th Feb

Last week was another very busy week for the air ambulance, with our day shift attending 59 missions across the course of the week.

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 bulk of the calls we went to, though slightly lower than recent weeks, at 32% of our total.

Unusually, missions that could not be categorised made up the next most missions, at 24% of all the missions we went out on.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests made up the next most, with 13% of our calls going to one. WNAA flew to a location near Towcester after a cyclist suffered a cardiac arrest.

The air ambulance was mobile at 2.04pm, arriving at the scene at 2.18pm.

They worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to treat the man, who was given advanced life support at the scene.

He was then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further care.

Falls were also unusually high, at 10% of our total, while industrial and domestic accidents made up 7%. This included a man in his 50s who suffered burns from titanium metal following an industrial accident.

DLRAA flew to the scene on Thursday, joining East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the man, who had burns to his abdomen. He was then handed over to the EMAS crew for transport to hospital by land ambulance.

Sports incidents remain low at this time of year, making up just 3% of our missions.

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On average our services attend around 1,800 rescue missions per year.

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