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Mission critical: 6th – 12th Feb

Continuing the recent trend, our last week was another very busy one for your local air ambulance! Between them, the crews received calls for 65 missions – that’s over nine per day.

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, as usual, the main reason for us to be called out last week, making up 35% of our missions. On Tuesday WNAA was called to Coventry after a man was hit by a bus and suffered serious injuries.

The crew were called at 2.01pm, and traveled by car due to their proximity to the mission. They arrived at the scene at 2.09pm.

They joined West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) at the scene. The patient, a man in his 30s, had suffered serious head injuries and required urgent care. He was sedated at the scene by the air ambulance crew, then taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire via land ambulance, with the crew traveling in the ambulance.

The man reached hospital at 2.39pm. His current condition is unknown.

Medical emergencies were almost as common as road traffic collisions, at 29% of the calls we went on.

Sports incidents and falls were both reasonably high this week, at 9% each. As the weather starts to get a little warmer, our calls to sporting events start to increase. WNAA were called to Northampton after a woman in her 30s fell from her horse.

They were dispatched to the mission at 11.56am, arriving on-scene at 12.10pm.

Upon arrival, they worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered a potential fracture to her arm and back injuries.

She was given advanced pain relief, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further care.

Industrial accidents made up just 3% of our missions.

Incidents that could not be categorised alongside our usual ones made up the remaining 14%.

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