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Critical Care Medicine

The Mater Hospital Critical Care Complex is one of Ireland's leading Intensive Care Units, admitting approximately 2600 patients per annum. It is a university attached tertiary referral centre for specialist intensive care medicine services, with a particular remit for the Mater based national Services for Cardiac Surgery, Heart & Lung transplantation, Spinal surgery, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. It also provides all other adult Intensive Care specialties except for burns, interventional neurosurgery and liver transplant.

In 2010, the ICU has 17 ICU beds and 13 HDU beds, with an average occupancy in excess of 100%. Consultant staff in The Critical Care Complex is comprised of dedicated specialty trained physicians whose primary area of interest and expertise is in Intensive Care Medicine. The majority of patient care is led by these Intensivists with afterhours and weekend assistance from Consultants from the Anaesthetic dept who have also a specific interest in ICU. For more general information about Intensivists and ICU please click here.

The Critical Care Complex is divided into two areas, the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Usually the ICU accommodates the sicker patients requiring extra physiological support.

As a leading academic intensive care practice, the intensive care team is staffed by consultants and by senior trainees from a broad specialty base, including anaesthesia, internal medicine, and emergency medicine. We are recognized for training by the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland, the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, and the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.

The Intensive Care Medical team "round" three times a day in the Critical Care Complex beginning at 07:30am with a comprehensive handover from the night staff and a plan is made for the day for each patient. A conjoint microbiology and radiology round occurs at 12:30pm (with the expertise of a consultant Microbiologist) and an evening round occurs from 16:30 - 18:00pm to review daily progress and plan for the night ahead. An Intensivist usually leads these rounds and is accompanied by several senior registrars, registrars and house officers.

Nursing care in the Mater Critical Care Complex is led by a group of very experienced and senior nursing staff who are integral to the provision of high quality of care. Please refer to the section on Nursing for more information.

The Critical Care complex accommodates the sickest patients in the hospital. Advances in intensive care medicine and sophisticated technologies available to the critically ill allows such centres as the Mater to provide the highest quality of care and associated best outcomes for our patients .

It may be helpful to refer to the section on Relatives & Visitors to as a guide to how the place works and some of the technology and procedures involved. Please be assured that the nursing and medical staff shall try to address any concerns or questions of relatives in a timely manner within the context of a busy unit.

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