Trauma & Reparative Medicine Theme

The Trauma and Reparative Medicine theme (TRM) is an activity area for patient-centred and innovative care, research and training. We are responsible for acute care, providing high-quality treatment for severely injured patients.

Reparative medicine is a collective term, and this theme treats tissue and organ injuries as well as pathological processes from cell level to restoring function and quality of life in several different specialities. The purpose is to repair, remove and/or replaced damaged tissues and organs and to restore function. Examples of patient groups are facial malformation, kidney and liver transplantation, hearing impairment (cochlear implants in children) and deformities of the back.

The TRM theme comprises five patient areas and it will be gradually adapted in response to this highly specialised role. Highly specialised care is taken to mean advanced illness requiring special resources and expertise in terms of equipment and personnel.

Trauma is one of Karolinska’s main strategies for the future

The theme gathers together resources within the field of expertise into an organisation which will consist of about 1,000 staff members. In 2015 the total care volumes for the patient areas included in the Trauma and Reparative Medicine theme were 175,000 visits and 70,000 care days. Inpatient care comprises a little over 100 beds.

The basic training role accounts for a large and important part of the TRM theme’s activities, and it is at the forefront of workplace-based training, with a clinical training reception and department. We are often praised for our talented supervisors. We are also doing more and more research work in specialist healthcare, and we are now creating a special training programme for our nursing staff.

In order to secure synergetic gains within the theme and between it and the various functions, there is an overarching theme management and R&D organisation. Together, we work to develop and secure a shared approach and infrastructure in quality, research, training, personnel issues and finances.