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Division of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Anaesthetics enables care and treatment of critically ill patientern.

At the Division of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care,

we focus on the critically ill patient and aim to improve understanding of circulatory and metabolic stress during critical care and surgery, as well as develop advanced risk analysis in aged patients through ethical studies with both healthy and ill participants. Our multi-professional environment allows us to develop simulation and state-of-the-art virtual reality training in communication and collaboration.

The critically ill patient is the driving force in our research and education. The patients we meet need support for failure of vital functions or require anaesthesia and pain relief to tolerate surgery. We provide education on basic, advanced and research levels and work in close collaboration with the Division of Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care at the Karolinska University Hospital.

Our research covers a broad clinical area, from circulatory and metabolic support during surgery, with special emphasis on the elderly, to studies surrounding protein synthesis, inflammation and mitochondrial function in healthy and ill patients under intensive care. Multi-professional teams investigate in simulation how to better train effective communication and collaboration. Research is carried out in the operation theatres, postoperative care unit, intensive care and the pain clinic. We have a research laboratory at the ICU and a larger facility for analytic analysis at the Clinical Research Centre (KFC), which also acts as a core facility. During the last two decades, 41 PhD students have defended their theses. Our three main areas of research are nutrition and metabolism in the critically ill patient, optimizing care for the high risk perioperative patient, and pedagogic in team training and simulation.


Agneta Wittlock
Agneta Wittlock