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Busiest year ever for Devon’s Air Ambulances

Devon Air Ambulance assisted over 1,100 patients in 2018, its busiest year since its inception in 1991.

Statistics from Devon Air Ambulance show that the busiest day of the week is a Friday and the busiest time is between 12-1pm.

Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance said:

We knew we had been busier, and in fact have helped an additional 119 patients in 2018.

Trauma related incidents, for example, road traffic collisions and accidental injuries equated to 49% of the patients we responded to, with the remaining 51% being medical emergencies; e.g. heart attacks or breathing problems. We are here for all ages and 121 of our missions (11%) were to under 18s. We also attended two patients who were over 100!

Heléna Holt, CEO of Devon Air Ambulance added:

Keeping the service airborne last year cost £7.5 million. Raising this amount to ensure the stability of the service is a huge task but being able to further extend our service to 2am really is testament to the fantastic supporters we have throughout Devon.

Devon Air Ambulance were the first emergency services on the scene at 16 per cent of the missions attended, with over 200 road traffic collisions and over 60 equestrian related.

To learn more about Devon Air Ambulance and support them visit: https://www.daat.org

Image: Devon Air Ambulance

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