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Mission critical: 13th – 19th feb

Once again our helicopter and night car services have been very busy. Last week they went to 69 incidents between them.

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 were particularly common this week, making up 41% of all our missions. DLRAA’s night car was called to Lincolnshire on Tuesday after a road traffic collision left a man in his 40s with serious injuries.

They were dispatched at 8.47pm, reaching the scene of the accident at 9.06pm.

They worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the man, who had suffered injuries to his head, chest and abdomen. The crew then travelled in the back of the land ambulance to continue assisting on their way to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Medical emergencies were, as usual, common as well. We went to 17 of them, making up 25% of our missions.

Incidents related to falls were the next most common. These represented 13% of our call outs. Early in the week WNAA was called to Southam after a man in his 80s suffered a fall.

The crew were dispatched at 8.30am, arriving on the scene at 8.46am.

On arriving at the scene, they worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assist treatment of the patient.

He had suffered head and chest injuries in his fall, and was given advanced airway support, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

‘Other’ missions – the ones that don’t fall into our usual categories – made up 12%.

Sports incidents and industrial accidents were at 6% and 4% respectively.

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