Work-related injury/wound and MRSA

Here you find information on work-related injury or wound carrying a risk of blood-borne infection. This applies only to students at KI.

Work-related injury/wound

When taking a blood sample, injections, blood from a wounded patient, splashes in the face or eye.

Infection risk assessment

A risk assessment is made by the doctor/leader/supervisor in charge at the training clinic.


If necessary, the person in charge at the training clinic or the student can contact the occupational health nurse at the Student Health Service, Karolinska Institutet.

In an emergency situation, if you have been exposed of known or strongly suspected HIV-infected blood on injured skin, mucus or in the eyes, one might consider prophylactic treatment. In such a case you should get in contact with the Swedish consulate in the country you visit alternatively contact the doctor on call in the infection clinic at The Karolinska University hospital, within 72 hours.

Taking blood samples in the event of a wound (hepatitis B, C and HIV)

  1. The first blood test is taken at the training clinic. Should a problem arise, contact the occupational health nurse at the Student Health Service.
  2. The student contacts the occupational health nurse at the Student Health Service to arrange a check-up after 3 months and again after 6 months.

Hepatitis B vaccination

A hepatitis B vaccination will be needed for students who have not previously been vaccinated. Should a problem arise, contact the occupational health nurse at the Student Health Service.

In the event of injury

Complete the Injury Report (Anmälan om arbetsskada) form issued by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and the Personal Injury Insurance for Students (Personskadeförsäkring för studenter) form from the Legal, Financial & Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet). 

The Injury Report is made at the training clinic.

The original is to be sent to:

Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral, LAF, 
831 88 Östersund.

Copies are to be retained by the student, the department's work environment group and:

Department administrator

Anne-Marie Windahl

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 866 10
Organizational unit: HR Department

Information about national preventive actions against MRSA

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to beta-lactam-antibiotics. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections occur most frequently among patients in healthcare settings.

MRSA is common in many countries, particularly in hospitals but so far less common in Sweden. To prevent it from spreading people who have been in contact with the medical services in other countries or in regions where MRSA is more common, as either a patient or as staff, are therefore to undergo MRSA-testing before they can participate in clinic-based work or studies. Incoming students who have been active in hospital environments (or been patients themselves) outside Sweden during the last six months must therefor according to Swedish law (the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act, Smittskyddslagen) be screened for MRSA upon arrival at Karolinska Institutet

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