The Trauma Center Karolinska (TCK) is Sweden’s largest center for severely injured adults and children. In Sweden, trauma is the most common cause of death for people under 44 years old. We receive around 1,400 trauma cases annually, with 350 of them being severe. The three main categories of trauma include road traffic injuries, injuries from falling, and penetrating trauma, the latter representing about 20% of all casualties.
Though our main purpose is to save lives, a lot of focus is on the long-term effects of trauma, identifying early interventions to achieve better results later and improved quality of life. We work in multi-disciplinary teams with immediate access to general surgery, anesthesia and intensive care, orthopedic surgery, diagnostic and interventional radiology, neurosurgery, neurointensive care, vascular surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, pediatric intensive care, and emergency medicine, among others.
The specialized nursing, surgery, and intensive care staff all hold specific skills for the severely injured patient group and work according to the high-quality standards set by the center.
Trauma Center Karolinska Education offers many courses in surgery, nursing, and intensive care offered annually and with the intention of sharing the knowledge we have gained over the years as a dedicated trauma center. To maintain world-class trauma care, we focus intensely on continuous learning and improvement and conduct a lot of research and education activities in close collaboration with Karolinska Institutet.