Today we are releasing our mission statistics for 2019 in order to raise awareness of the work we do day and night to help save lives in the capital.
In 2019, our charity’s 30th anniversary year, we took an advanced trauma team to 1730 patients whose lives were on the line. This is an increase of 74 missions compared to last year. [HeliHub Editor Note:- this data is not split down into Helicopter and “Rapid Response Car”]
Analysis of the data shows that the busiest boroughs were Westminster and Haringey. Our trauma team were deployed the most on a Sunday, May was the busiest month, and the busiest time was between 12 and 1am. Of the 1730 critical missions the team were dispatched to, nearly one third of injuries were from stabbings and shootings (32%) or road traffic incidents (28%) and one fifth due to falls from height (22%).
Treatments now delivered by the team on-scene include pre-hospital REBOA, to help patients suffering serious internal pelvic bleeding, and carrying blood on board, resulting in significant drop in number of patients bleeding to death before reaching hospital.
Of the 1730 patients treated, the types of injury were:
- Stabbings and shootings: 545 (32% of total)
- Road Traffic Collisions: 483 (28%)
- Falls from height: 381 (22%)
- Other: 246 (14%)
- Medical emergencies: 75 (4%)
Medical Director Dr Tom Hurst said: “Critical injury from road traffic incidents, falls from height, assaults and other injuries are the biggest killer of people aged under 40. We have a proud history of pioneering new ways to save lives and have developed ground-breaking treatments that mean people who would have died at the scene of the incident a few years ago are now surviving.
Sadly, there are still some patients whose injuries are so severe that they don’t survive. That’s why we are committed to investing in research and development and collaborating with our partners to find new techniques and treatments that can create more survivors in the future.”
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