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The acute, critically ill patient (AKS)

The research group purposes are to plan, initiate, conduct and disseminate clinical research with emphasis on treatment and care for acute, critically ill and traumatized patients, as well as surgical patients- patients receiving medical and surgical treatment and care.

Photo: Morten Bakkerud


AKS main objective is to conduct and disseminate research that contribute to quality and safety in healthcare services, to the best of patients, relatives, healthcare personnel and educators. AKS aims to:

  • strengthen the research collaboration with regional organizations
  • increase the proportion of Østfold University College (OUC) researchers with combined positions between the UC and other relevant institutions (examples are Brita Fosser Olsen, Ann-Chatrin Leonardsen and Thor-David Halstensen, with combined positions in the UC and Østfold Hospital Trust (OHT)
  • build a strong and visible research profile in line with the UC PhD effort «The digtal society»
  • strengthen the quality of scientific publications through colleague-based supervision and discussion

AKS will increase research activities and publication anchored in the educational programs in acute care-, anesthesia-, critical care- and surgical care nursing (AAIO), as well as paramedicine, in collaboration with the corresponding wards in the hospital. The research group combine students, clinicians without formal research competence, assistant- and associate professors within collaborative projects. Projects in AKS also aim at applying for external fundings to PhD candidates, allowing researchers to build supervising competence at a PhD level.

Professional basis

The educational programs in acute care-, anesthesia-, critical care- and surgical care nursing and paramedicine has been ongoing for decades. The University college was a pioneer in establishing further education for acute care nurses as well as paramedicine. The research group include active researchers and members with professional acknowledgement within their respective academic/clinical areas nationally, both through their research, but also as book-editors (Leonardsen and Gulbrandsen), authors of book-chapters (Nystrøm, Fosser Olsen, Bekkhus, Halstensen, Leonardsen and Gulbrandsen), and as editor of a scientific peer-reviewed journal (InspirA- Journal of Anesthesia and Critical Care Nursing, Leonardsen). Moreover, group members have participated in national educational and professional development through different learning-networks. Members collaborate with national and international research-environments in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and USA.

The society and healthcare services need specialists with knowledge and understanding about patients that need acute treatment for illness or trauma, and with competence in new medical, technical and digital methods.

Acute care nurses’ competence include working with acute critically ill patients in emergency departments, emergency medical dispatch communication centers, casualities, ambulances and in humanitary organizations in disaster- or war areas.

Nurse anesthetists’ competence include anesthesia in surgery/medical procedures and examinations, in- and prehospital resuscitation, and in acute care teams.

Critical care nurses’ competence include advanced and specialized nursing in critical illness, as well as technical skills to act appropriate and adequate.

Surgical nurses’ competence is related to the advanced and high- tech treatment and interventions provided in different surgical wards.

Paramedicine competence is related to ambulancepersonnel specialized in advanced, life-saving aid outside hospital.

Foto: David Leonardsen
Foto: David Leonardsen


AKS plans, conducts and disseminates research related to the above mentioned thematical areas.

Research projects are base don collaboration between the university colege and the hospital, and in some cases also primary healthcare services. AKS has many ongoing and anticipated projects.

Results will be presented in workshops and conferences, and presented to colleagues both in the university college and the hospital.

National collaborators and networks

  • National Cardio-pumonary resuscitation (CPR) coordinator forum
  • National Resuscitation board (NRR)
  • National and regional simulation network
  • Lovisenberg University College
  • National competence center for prehospital acute medicine (NAKOS)
  • Oslo Metropolitan University
  • University of South-eastern Norway (USN)
  • ProACT coordinator forum
  • Norwegian Symptom Management Network
  • Norwegian Nurses Association group of Critical Care Nurses, NSFLIS: Norsk sykepleierforbunds landsgruppe av intensivsykepleiere
  • Norwegian Nurses Association group of surgical nurses, NSFLOS: Norsk sykepleierforbunds landsgruppe av operasjonssykepleiere
  • Norwegian Nurses Association group of acute care nurses, NLAS: Norsk sykepleierforbunds landsgruppe av akuttsykepleiere
  • Nurse Anesthetists Norwegian Association of Nurses, Anestesisykepleierne NSF

International collaborators and networks

  • ProACT network international(Sverige & Norge)
  • COSTA: network of cardiac arrest researchers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands
  • EfCCNa: European Federation of Critical Care Nurses Associations
  • IFNA: International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Prehospital, Boräs University College

Projects (examples, not complete list)

  • PERDA-patient experiences after day-surgery. A collaboration between OUC, OHT, USN, Tonsberg Hospital and Ringerike Hospita.
  • Healthy Breathing. Collaboration between OUC and OHT.
  • Efficiacy and medical treatment quality in municipal acute care wards versus hospital. PhD project as a collaboration between OUC, OHT, all the minicipalities in Ostfold, Universities in Oslo, Lund and Umeå, LHL (National association of persons with respiratory or cardiac diseases), Dam association
  • Competence in resuscitation and cardiac arrest on pregnancy- RESPREG. Collaboration between OUC, OHT, UiO, and NAKOS
  • Intrahospital cardio-pumonary resuscitation. Collaboration between OUC, OHT and NAKOS.
  • Pain, discomfort and functional dysfunction after positioning- LEIRUS. Collaboration between OUC and OHT
  • Ultrasound guided nerve blocks within the thoracolumbare area for better postoperative analgesia. PhD project. Collaboration between OUC, OHT and UiO
  • Cardiac arrests in athletes. Collaboration between OUC, NAKOS and Olympiatoppen
  • Interreg: Better care and survival through decicion-making support by Artificial intelligence (AI). PhD project.


Published June 8, 2020 11:43 AM - Last modified June 8, 2020 1:01 PM