13 Jul 2022
In May 2022, London’s Air Ambulance’s advanced trauma team treated a total of 195 critically injured patients in London, which is higher than the average of five individuals per day.
The busiest boroughs during the month were Tower Hamlets and Westminster, with 60 patients (38 per cent) being taken back to The Royal London Hospital. St Mary’s Hospital saw 37 people (23 per cent), Kings College Hospital 31 and St. George’s Hospital 21. There was also one fly back to The Royal London Hospital.
The most common mechanism of injury was penetrating trauma, which resulted in 79 patients (40 per cent) of our critically injured patients. Road traffic collisions resulted in 44 patients, falls from height 41, other injuries 16 and medical injuries 15 (eight per cent).
These injuries meant our crew were required to provide life-saving procedures on the scene. For the month of May, these included 48 ultrasounds, 28 rapid sequence intubations, 15 blood transfusions, four femoral arterial lines and two thoracotomies.
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May was a busier month than the average, if you’re interested to see how these figures compare, browse April’s report.