Why helicopter was called out for a leg injury
AMBULANCE services have explained why an air ambulance, as well as a road ambulance and a rapid response vehicle, were sent to an incident involving a man with a suspected broken leg near the city centre.
The helimed helicopter was called to the incident in Swansea's Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon, after reports of a man in his thirties believed to have suffered an ankle injury.
He was airlifted to Morriston Hospital for further treatment.
The Wales Air Ambulance said it is often called to a range of leg injuries, and that on occasion time is crucial to treating fractures in extremities.
The charity raises all the funds required for the day-to-day running of missions, with each mission costing an average of £1,500.
The Victoria Park incident needed the use of traction splint equipment, which is only available on the air ambulance.
And the patient, a 37-year-old man, was in Morriston Hospital 45 minutes after the flight crew received the emergency call.
A Wales Air Ambulance spokesman said: "The crew treated a 37-year-old male who had sustained leg and facial injuries in the skate park.
"A rapid response vehicle and road ambulance was on scene, and due to the nature of the patient's injuries the air ambulance was deployed. The WAA crew treated the patient on scene using traction splint equipment, which is only available on the air ambulances.
"The Wales Air Ambulance is called to a range of leg injuries and each mission is assessed on an individual basis.
"In some instances, time can be crucial in treating fractures to extremities. There may be severe blood loss or the pulse may be lost in the extremity, which can cause life-changing complications."
The Welsh Ambulance Service said it sends appropriate vehicles to incidents, according to the patient's clinical needs.
A spokesman added: "We have a range of resources to send to patients dependent on their clinical need.
"This includes the air ambulance, emergency ambulances, rapid response vehicles and advanced paramedic practitioners, who provide specialist care for people at the scene or in their own home.
"We were called at 2.58pm on Sunday to reports of a man with a suspected broken leg at Victoria Park, Swansea.
"The most appropriate resources available were sent to deal with the patient's injury; in this case it was two rapid response vehicles and the Helimed helicopter.
"A man in his 30s was then conveyed to Morriston Hospital in Swansea."