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Mission critical: 13th – 19th March

Last week was slightly quieter than the past few, with our air ambulances and night cars being called out to a total of 67 missions 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 the top of the list, making up 42% of the incidents the helicopters and cars went out on. DLRAA flew to Chesterfield midweek to assist a young boy who had been involved in a road traffic collision.

The patient had been hit by a car on his way to school.

DLRAA was dispatched at 8.59am, arriving on scene at 9.13am to assist.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the air ambulance worked together at the scene to assess and treat the child, who had sustained a possible fracture to his lower leg. He was given advanced pain relief and splinted, then flown to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and collapses made up the next largest proportion of missions, at 30%. DLRAA flew to a Derbyshire golf course at the weekend after a man in his 50s suffered a cardiac arrest.

The crew were activated at 1.03pm, arriving at the scene of the accident at 1.17pm.

The patient had been helped at the scene by some bystanders, who gave CPR while they waited for the emergency services.

DLRAA’s crew joined East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at the scene, providing advanced life support and subsequently flying the patient to Royal Derby Hospital for emergency treatment.

Incidents that don’t fit into any of our other categories were also quite common, making up 16% of missions.

Falls and sports were the next most common, respectively at 7% and 5%.

The crews did not go out to any industrial accidents last week.

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