Section of Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 701 19th Street South, LHRB 112, Birmingham, AL 35294-0007, USA. email@example.com
Prehospital care of the trauma patient is continuing to evolve; however, the principles of airway maintenance, hemorrhage control, and appropriate resuscitative maneuvers remain central to the role of the emergency medical care provider. Recent changes in the regulations for research in emergency settings will allow randomized trials to proceed to test new devices, drugs, and resuscitative strategies in the prehospital environment. The creation of prehospital research networks will provide the appropriate infrastructure to greatly facilitate the development of new protocols and the execution of large-scale randomized trials with the potential to change current prehospital practice.