Transplant operation cancelled due to ICU bed shortage

Mater University Hospital in Dublin said it had to “make the unprecedented decision to cancel a transplant” this week due to a lack of beds in its intensive care unit.

The hospital said the decision made on Friday was “necessary to ensure the safety of the affected transplant patient”.

In a statement, the Mater said that on that day there were “severe capacity bottlenecks” in their intensive care unit, with 50% of the patients receiving “seriously ill Covid-positive patients” at this time.

It states: “Every effort has been made to secure a bed both within the hospital and in the wider hospital system in Dublin”.

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

The Mater said a major incident management team had been set up “to learn from this situation”.

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