What is prehospital research at OUS?
The Prehospital Research Group (PRE) strives to be a driver in research, innovation, professional advancement, and education within our sector. Our services cater to between a fifth (Ambulance Services) and a third (Emergency Medical Communication Centre) of Norway's population. To improve evidence-based treatment and professional progress, we collaborate with academic institutions locally, nationally, and internationally.
Research in the prehospital environment is a young field marked by the necessity for extensive collaboration among various professions and medical disciplines. We may not "own" specific medical conditions, but we encounter all types of conditions at a stage where diagnoses are still provisional, and time-sensitive decisions, procedures, and evacuations are crucial.
Our overarching research goal is to provide the highest level of care for each patient using the most suitable resources, while also ensuring readiness for the subsequent patient whose needs may be unknown. To achieve this, we examine the processes of recognition (diagnosis and severity), treatment (encompassing pharmacological assistance, device use, and professional care), and transportation in relation to patient safety, medical ethics, and patient outcomes.