Patient Safety

The motto "patient always first" means that the issue of patient safety is central and ever present in the planning and creation of the New Karolinska Solna.

No patient should come to harm while in care. It is one of the basic principles for all health care activities. Yet each year about 100,000 patients in Sweden endure injuries during care. For example, injuries can occur as the result of a fall, infections, improper handling of drugs, etc. The issue of patient safety in the planning of the New Karolinska Solna is thus at the core, pervading all aspects from the design of the buildings, premises and furnishings to the planning of the organization and procedures – in order to create the best possible conditions for the safe care of the patient.

NKS’s handling of patient safety

The NKS project has been handling patient safety issues with the following missions:


Ensure that patient safety is addressed by the different NKS projects

- Disseminate information about patient safety and take part in the ongoing work relating to patient safety within the SCC
- Monitor patient safety and inform the world of the ongoing work relating to patient safety within the NKS project
- Monitor and ensure that the safety of the patient is integrated in all aspects of the NKS project

Conceptual layout: Single rooms with a private shower and toilet and space for relatives to stay overnight.

What does ”patients always first” mean within the NKS?

“Patients always first” regarding patient safety issues, means that great emphasis is placed on areas concerning healthcare associated infections (VRI), medication, falls and nutrition. The following are examples of how the NKS plans to ensure "Patients always first", all of which contribute to the increased safety of the patient:

- Single rooms with private shower and toilet, increases patient safety and mean that patients can be cared for in their rooms in general and can also have relatives with them throughout the whole of their stay in hospital
- Collaborative facilities are located next to each other to reduce the extent to which patients need to be moved around, which also gives rise to a better overview.
- General facilities with a standardized design makes it easier to apply the standardized approach
- Safe, attractive and peaceful environments, both for patients and staff
- Separate flows, as far as possible, for adults/children, inpatient/outpatient, emergency/elective care and professional/public areas
- High reliability of technological systems
- Good accessibility of the physical building and of communications with signposts and information

Checklists to detect errors and mistakes

To ensure that patient safety is included in all aspects of the planning of the NKS project, a so-called checklist for a variety of issues relating to patient safety is used during the project design phase. The issues on this checklist relate to VRI, medication, falls and nutrition, based on a meta-analysis of approximately 2000 studies concerning evidence-based design.