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Transplant operation cancelled at Mater Hospital due to ICU bed shortage

The Mater University Hospital had to cancel a transplant surgery this week, citing a shortage in ICU beds.

The hospital’s “unprecedented” decision, which was made on Friday November 12th, was described as “necessary to ensure the safety of the transplant patient involved”.

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The hospital stated that that there were “severe capacity constraints” in its ICU on the day, with 50% of the beds being occupied by Covid-19 patients.

It added that every effort was made to prevent the cancellation, seeking other hospitals in the Dublin area to secure a bed.

“The decision was not taken lightly and the Mater deeply regrets the impact that this had on the transplant patient, their family and the donor’s family”.

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In the Sunday Independent, HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry said the case was symptomatic of the severe pressure being placed on the healthcare system.

IMAGE – “Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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