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Karin Falk-Brynhildsen

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Health Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303615

Room: P2451

Karin Falk-Brynhildsen

About Karin Falk-Brynhildsen

Karin Falk-Brynhildsen has been a senior lecturer in Nursing science since March 2015.

She has a theatre nurse degree from the University of Göteborg and in 2013 she received the PhD degree of Medical doctor from the University of Örebro. Karin was appointed to the staff at Örebro university in 2014 in the department of nursing /health sciences. She had previously worked as a theatre nurse at the department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, at Örebro university hospital.


Research areas

Karin’s research deals with intra operative care (CPoN) which encompasses both the patient and staff perspective. Included in her research are clinical interventions, psychometric studies, and studies with both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Research is undertaken with national and international collaboration.  She is responsible for a research project ‘’Pressure ulcer and surgery’ which is a national and international project in association the Swedish Centre for Skin and Wound Research team.

In the research team ‘’Learning and professional development" Karin is responsible for a pedagogy project in association with Karlstad University, Ersta Bräcke Sköndal, and Jönköping University. The project deals with describing student active learning during supervision of degree theses within nurse education. The research also involves interprofessional learning and clinical reasoning.

In the research environment ’Older people's health and living conditions - from cell to society". Karin is responsible for the project ‘Good and safe care for elderly people treated with indwelling bladder catheters’. This project is in association with the Kumla and Örebro councils.

Karin as a co-supervisor has supervised a PhD student, Camilla Wistrand, to graduation and she is currently co-supervisor to three PhD students; Hanna Larsson (Örebro University), Ida Markström (Linköping University) and Emely Sager (Örebro University).



Karin's teaching consists of:

  • Course leadership and supervision of theses at undergraduate, advanced and master levels. She also has teaching in method courses at these levels.
  • Teaching in aseptic sterile techniques at undergraduate and advanced levels.
  • Course leader for a freestanding care hygiene course for specialist nurses (7.5p)
  • Teaching and Examiner in the Clinical Training Centre (KTC).
  • Examiner in nursing courses in the radiography nursing and biomedical analyst programmes.


Other duties

Member of the National association of theatre nurses scientific branch.


Articles in journals |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts |  Other | 

Articles in journals

Wistrand, C. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Sundqvist, A. (2021). Important interventions in the operating room to prevent bacterial contamination and surgical site infections. American Journal of Infection Control.
Jans, J. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Salzmann-Erikson, M. (2021). Nurse anesthetists' reflections and strategies when supervising master's students. Nurse Education in Practice, 54.
Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Raepsaet, C. , Wistrand, C. , Leo Swenne, C. , Gifford, M. , Gunningberg, L. , Bååth, C. , von Vogelsang, A. & et al. (2021). The Swedish version of the attitude towards pressure ulcer prevention instrument for use in an operating room context (APUP-OR): A nationwide psychometric evaluation. Journal of Tissue Viability.
Markström, I. , Bjerså, K. , Bachrach-Lindström, M. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Frisman, G. H. (2020). Operating room nurses' experiences of skin preparation in connection with orthopaedic surgery: A focus group study. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 26 (5).
von Vogelsang, A. , Swenne, C. L. , Gustafsson, B. Å. & Falk-Brynhildsen, K. (2020). Operating theatre nurse specialist competence to ensure patient safety in the operating theatre: A discursive paper. Nursing Open, 7 (2), 495-502.
Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Jaensson, M. , Bridgid, G. & Nilsson, U. (2019). Swedish operating room nurses and nurse anesthetists' perceptions of competence and self-efficacy. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 34 (4), 842-850.
Gillespie, B. M. , Harbeck, E. B. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Nilsson, U. & Jaensson, M. (2018). Perceptions of perioperative nursing competence: a cross-country comparison. BMC Nursing, 17.
Jaensson, M. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Gillespie, B. M. , Wallentin, F. Y. & Nilsson, U. (2018). Psychometric Validation of the Perceived Perioperative Competence Scale-Revised in the Swedish Context. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 33 (4), 499-511.
Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Söderquist, B. , Friberg, Ö. & Nilsson, U. (2014). Bacterial growth and wound infection following saphenous vein harvesting in cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial of the impact of microbial sealant. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 33 (11), 1981-1987.
Prag, G. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Jacobsson, S. , Hellmark, B. , Unemo, M. & Söderquist, B. (2014). Decreased susceptibility to chlorhexidine and prevalence of disinfectant resistance genes among clinical isolates of Staphylococcus epidermidis. Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), 122 (10), 961-967.
Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Friberg, Ö. , Söderquist, B. & Nilsson, U. G. (2013). Bacterial colonization of the skin following aseptic preoperative preparation and impact of the use of plastic adhesive drapes. Biological Research for Nursing, 15 (2), 242-248.
Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Söderquist, B. , Friberg, Ö. & Nilsson, U. G. (2013). Response to MH Stevens and NM Klinger, re: Bacterial recolonization of the skin and wound contamination during cardiac surgery. Journal of Hospital Infection, 85 (4), 325-325.
Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Nilsson, U. (2009). Cardiac surgery patients' evaluation of the quality of theatre nurse postoperative follow-up visit. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 8 (2), 105-111.

Conference papers

Falk-Brynhildsen, K. , Jaensson, M. , Gillespie, B. M. & Nilsson, U. (2019). Differences in Perceptions of Competence and Self-Efficacy between Operating Room Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists. Paper presented at 5th International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN 2019), Cancun, Mexico, November 5-8, 2019.
Nilsson, U. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Jaensson, M. (2017). Hur har ni det med kompetensen?. Paper presented at AnIva Höstkongress 2017, 23-24 November, 2017, Upplands Väsby, Sweden,.
Nilsson, U. , Falk Brynhildsen, K. & Jaensson, M. (2016). Hur har ni det med kompetensen?. Paper presented at Höstkongress 2016. Riksföreningen för operationssjukvård. Stockholm, 1-2 december, 2016.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Falk-Brynhildsen, K. (2013). The effect  of peroperative skin preparation on bacterial growth during cardiac surgery. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro universitet.


Wistrand, C. , Söderquist, B. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Nilsson, U. Bacterial growth and recolonization after preoperative hand disinfection and surgery : a pilot study.


Rajhathy, E. , Vander Meer, J. , Valenzano, T. , Laing, L. , Bouckhuyt, S. , Downs, C. , Woo, K. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & et al. (2021). Wound irrigation versus swabbing technique for cleansing non-infected chronic wounds: A systematic review of differences in bleeding, pain, infection, exudate and necrotic tissue. University of York, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD).
Raepsaet, C. , Blomberg, K. , Falk-Brynhildsen, K. & Beeckman, D. (2020). The effects and effectiveness of skincare interventions to promote and to maintain skin integrity in end-of-life patients: a systematic review. University of York, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD).