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Intensive Care Unit


ICU Main

Advanced Therapies  Transport of the Critically ill  New Developments

The Intensive Care Unit at the MMUH, Dublin is an 17-bedded Unit with 5 isolation cubicles.  The Intensive Care Unit cares for all patients using the latest technology and is a tertiary referral centre, providing advanced therapies and supporting a wide range of specialties:

  • Cardio thoracic surgery (National Speciality) 
  • Heart & Lung transplantation (National Speciality)
  • Spinal Injuries (National Speciality)
  • General Hepato-Biliary Surgery  
  • Colorectal surgery ICC 1
  • Gynaecology / post natal emergencies
  • Major general surgery
  • Maxillofacial surgery 
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Trauma 
  • Urology    
  • Vascular Surgery   
  • Oncology
  • Emergency medicine 
  • Neurology
  • Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS)

Advanced Therapies

Advanced therapies carried out in the Intensive Care Unit include:

  • Advanced Invasive Ventilation Support including High Frequency Oscillation
  • Advanced Non-Invasive Ventilatory support ICU Intro 1
  • Nitric Oxide Therapy
  • Advanced Haemodynamic Monitoring
  • Continuous Cardiac Output Monitoring
  • Inotropic Support
  • Pacing
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
  • Extra-Corporeal Life Support (ECLS)
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD & BIVAD)
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies
  • Intra-Ventricular Monitoring


Transport of the Critically ill:

Transport of the critically ill patient is supported through the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Service (MICAS). This service is accessed by Critical Care Units across the Republic of Ireland and is staffed on a rotational basis by  four of the  Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals (DATHs).

ICU Intro 3 Machine

New Developments

Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS):

The Mater Extracorporeal Life Support programme was established in 2009 to provide advanced physiological support for adult patients with severe potentially reversible acute heart and / or lung failure that has failed to respond to optimal conventional thearpy. A comprehensive education and accreditation process is in place for nursing and medical staff to care for this patient population.

For further information please see our ECMO/ECLS section.

IntelliVue Clinical Information Portfolio (ICIP):

The ICIP is an electronically integrated patient care application, which has recently been introduced in the clinical environment within ICU and HDU.

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