Work-related and needlestick injuries with a risk of blood infection

Here you can find information about what to do if you suffer a work-related or a needlestick injury.

A work/needlestick injury might, for example, consist of blood or other bodily fluids from the patient on the skin, splashing on mucous membrane, or in the eyes, while administering a test, injection or while suturing.

Step-by-step


1. Follow the instructions in the flowchart:

A. During the Student Health Centre opening hours 

B. When the Student Health Centre is closed 
 

2. Report a work-related injury

KI student? Report your injury in the KI incident reporting system.

Other educational institutions contact your programme coordinator.

3. Notify your university’s insurance company of your injury (for KI this is personal injury insurance from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet).

For more information and for submitting a claim.
 

Work-related or needle stick injuries during study placement abroad

  1. The assessment of the risk of infection of the index patient is carried out by a doctor at the location of the placement, and samples are taken from the patient if consent is given.
     
  2. If possible, antibody tests should be done on the student at the placement location (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV).
     
  3. If there has been exposure on injured skin, mucus membrane or in the eyes to blood or other bodily fluids which are known or strongly suspected to be infected with HIV, prophylactic treatment should be considered. If prophylactic treatment is indicated it should be initiated without delay, after not more than 36 hours. Where there is insufficient immunity against hepatitis B, a hepatitis B vaccination should also be administered.
     
  4.  If you are in a low income country, contact: Falck Global Assistance  +46 8 587 717 49, fga@se.falck.com for advice and direction to appropriate care facilities.

You can also seek advice here:

Infectious diseases clinic at HIV Centre, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge +46 73 699 6128 (office hours) or on-call infectious disease doctor at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge +46 8 585 800 00 (switchboard) or Solna +46 8 517 700 00 (switchboard). 

Or contact the Student Health Centre +46 8 524 835 60

  1. Report a work-related injury

KI student? Report your injury in the KI incident reporting system.

Other educational institutions, contact your programme coordinator!

  1. Contact the Student Health Centre for follow-up when you arrive home. 
     
  2. Notify your university’s insurance company of your injury (for KI this is personal injury insurance from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet))

For more information and for submitting a claim

 

For more information go to: https://education.ki.se/if-anything-should-happen-abroad