Staff concerns plague Sweden’s swine flu planning

There is a sufficient number of respirators in Sweden's 21 counties to handle the care of the patients who have been infected by swine flu.

But an audit done by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) reveals there may not be enough trained staff members who can operate the machines, according to, Sveriges Radio (SR) reports.

Resources are also extremely limited when it comes to heart-lung machines similar to the one currently being used to treat a 22-year-old man at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna near Stockholm.

The man is critically ill after being infected with the swine flu and was moved to Karolinska after failing to respond to treatment elsewhere.

If several individuals needed extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment, patients would likely have to be transported abroad.

ECMO treatment in Sweden is currently only available in Stockholm at Karolinska University Hospital.

The treatment involves pumping the patient’s blood from the right side of the heart through the artificial lung, which then supplies oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. It is used when patients fail to respond to treatment with a respirator.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


These are Sweden’s 13 best universities according to a new ranking

Three Swedish universities have made the top 100 in a prestigious global ranking – with 13 Swedish universities in the top 1000s.

These are Sweden's 13 best universities according to a new ranking
The Karolinska Institute was Sweden's top university in the ranking. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Harvard University in the US again placed first in the table of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU – also often referred to as the Shanghai Ranking).

But Sweden's performance was not too shabby, with the Karolinska Institute, Uppsala University and Stockholm University in the top 100s, and 13 universities in the top 1000s.

Sweden's medical school Karolinska Institute climbed to 38th place in the ranking, up from 44th last year.

It was followed by Uppsala in 62nd place and Stockholm as number 73, who both also improved their performance on last year.

Its Danish neighbours got the highest spot out of the Nordic countries, with University of Copenhagen in 26th place. But Sweden had the most universities listed compared to Denmark's and Norway's six each, Finland's eight and Iceland's one nod in the ranking.

The rest of the Swedish seats were Lund University (in a shared 101-150th spot), University of Gothenburg (151-200), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (201-300), Chalmers University of Technology (301-400), Linköping University (301-400), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (301-400), Stockholm School of Economics (401-500), Umeå University (401-500), Örebro University (801-900) and Luleå University of Technology (901-1000).

Among the six indicators used to rank the universities were the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers, and the number of articles cited in journals of nature and science