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Air ambulance paramedics receive more medication powers

Air ambulance paramedics covering five counties have been given permission to issue advanced medication to patients.

Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland staff can now administer ketamine for pain relief and midazolam for sedation.

Dave Roberts, from the Air Ambulance Service, said drugs like morphine were not always enough for patients that had received multiple fractures.

He said the changes would help provide "the very best pre-hospital care".

The charity's two helicopters attend about six incidents a day, including road traffic collisions and horse riding accidents.

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