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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Half of ICU beds at UHL occupied by Covid-19 patients

The Head of the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Limerick Dr. Catherine Motherway has revealed that half of the hospital’s ICU beds have been occupied by Covid-19 patients.

As a result of this capacity, scheduled operations are being cancelled. She stated, “We are stretched and operating on a day to day basis”.


She said that patients consist of older people with underlying health conditions while a younger cohort is presenting with serious Covid-19 disease.

“They have come to the ICU because they’re not vaccinated. And if we could get at least to that group.”

“If we could explain to people who have yet to be vaccinated: if you’re young and relatively healthy, and you have a vaccine and you have been vaccinated, you are very unlikely to meet me and my colleagues in intensive care and it’s far better not to meet us than to end up in ICU.”


She added that patients in this wave are extremely ill and staying twice as long in ICU than non-Covid-19 patients.

She also stated that working from home and decreasing social contacts is important in breaking the chain of transmission.

Dr. Motherway said that she wants the public to understand that the outcomes are never good when hospitals surge beyond their ICU capacity.

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


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