In 2011, a European expert panel participated in a consensus process to define key priority areas for research within the subfield of physician-provided pre-hospital critical care. The expert panel concluded that the five most important areas for further research in the field of physician-based pre-hospital critical care were the following:
- Appropriate staffing and training in pre-hospital critical care and the effect on outcomes. This includes the value of physicians in the pre-hospital field.
- Advanced airway management in pre-hospital care: what is best for the patient?
- Definition of time windows for key critical interventions which are indicated in the pre-hospital phase of care
- The role of pre-hospital ultrasound
- Dispatch/activation criteria for pre-hospital critical care services
This thematic series published in SJTREM seeks to follow up on the progress made in these fields in the 7 years since the consensus report was published.