Devon Air Ambulance: This Air Ambulance Week every second counts

Devon Air Ambulance: This Air Ambulance Week every second counts 7 Sep, 20, Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Reaching someone in need of essential medical treatment quickly, whether that’s due to an accident or illness, really does make the difference to our patients. This Air Ambulance Week, Devon Air Ambulance will be highlighting its service, raising awareness of what it does, and taking the opportunity to say thank you to all of those who continue to support it, despite the current climate.

‘Because every second counts’ is the national theme for Air Ambulance Week, highlighting the essential work the charity-funded services do locally whilst giving them a national voice. It will also highlight the work Air Ambulances do, raising awareness that their true benefit is not speed but the enhanced and critical care they bring to the patient at the scene, undertaking complex and highly skilled procedures and interventions, such as anaesthesia and blood products, that would otherwise only be available once they get to hospital.

Noah, aged 10, is one of the patients who DAA were able to make a difference to. Noah was cycling to meet his friends for a game of football when he was knocked off his bike, flying over the bonnet of the car and landing on his back. As his friends and witnesses rushed to help, the Devon Air Ambulance was despatched to the scene. On arrival, the aircrew assessed Noah and considered the damage to the car, Noah’s bike and his cycle helmet, which was smashed at both the front and the back. Concerned about the risk of serious head injuries, Noah was flown to Bristol Children’s Hospital where, thankfully, his scans and x-rays revealed cuts and bruises but, incredibly, nothing was broken. He was kept in overnight and discharged the following day.

His mum, Kate, who had travelled in the helicopter with her son, said “We are just so grateful that Noah had the very best help. It was all such a shock, but I was so relieved I could go in the aircraft with him. We learned from the Doctors at Bristol that, without his cycling helmet, things would probably have been very different – we are now on a campaign to promote safe cycling to everyone.”

Caroline Creer, Income Generation Director says, “We will be sharing some of our patients’ stories during Air Ambulance Week, just like Noah’s, as well as further information about the work that we undertake every day.”

She added, “However, we will also be using Air Ambulance Week as an opportunity to say thank you to all the people who truly make a difference and help to keep Devon’s Air Ambulance service operational. There are so many of them; from our lottery players, shop customers, donors and fundraisers, to those who donate the gift of time such as our amazing volunteers and trustees. Plus of course our amazing crew and staff who always go above and beyond what is asked of them.”

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