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The global COVID 19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges for older people who are most at risk for severe disease and death. Collaboration of multidisciplinary teams across specialties to share learning will support us in delivering the best possible care for this vulnerable older group. We will provide an update from Intensive Care specialists on topics pertinent to the management of COVID 19 that translate outside the ICU to the acute hospital and community setting.   


Moderator     Dr. Dan Ryan

Welcome and introduction of theme and speakers     President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Prognostication in older people with critical illness: ethics and distributive justice    Dr Catherine Motherway. Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist in the University of Limerick Hospital Group (ULHG)

Proning for COVID: practical issues and benefits. Can we extend into the community?     Mr Kevin O'Connell, Ms Trudy Kelleher, Dr Bairbre McNicholas

The ABC of COVID management & role of POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound)     Dr Catherine Nix. Consultant Anaesthetist Intensivist at the University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG)

Post-COVID ICU Follow-up    Dr. Paul Tierney

Panel Discussion with Q & A      


Dr Catherine Motherway is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist in the University of Limerick Hospital Group (ULHG). She is the recent past President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland and contributed to the Medical Leaders forum at the outset of the COVID pandemic. She is the past Chair of the National Training Committee for Anaesthesia with special interests in organ donation, opthalmic anaesthesia and ICU.

Kevin O’Connell is a Senior Physiotherapist in University Hospital Galway – currently covering the Covid patient stream. This involves assessing and treating Covid patients in ICU, at ward level and following their care through to the Covid out-patient clinic. He has worked in University Hospital Galway since 2013. In 2019 Kevin completed a MSc in BioInnovate at NUI, Galway – and is currently involved with the INSPIRE project team to assist in the design and development of medical device technology to assist in treating patients with Covid-19. 

Trudy Kelliher is a senior physiotherapist in University Hospital Galway, who has helped establish a specific physiotherapy service for patients with Covid-19, following patients from ICU, the ward and follow up out-patient clinics. In 2017 she completed a Masters in Advanced Physiotherapy Studies in UCD. She has 12 years’ experience working in both the Canadian and Irish health systems. Both Trudy and Kevin are co-investigators in a clinical trial investigating “Inspiratory muscle weakness and the effect of inspiratory muscle training in covid-19 patients”.

Dr Bairbre McNicholas is a medical intensivist and nephrologist with basic science training in immunology, having completed a Ph.D. and post-doctoral and nephrology training in Ireland and at the University of Washington, Seattle respectively. She completed a post certificate of specialist training fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine in 2018. She currently practices as a consultant Intensivist and Nephrologist at Galway University Hospitals since. She is a member of the Irish Critical Care Trials Group Executive Committee, a senior clinical lecturer at NUI Galway School of Medicine and is active in both clinical and translational research.

Dr Catherine Nix is Consultant Anaesthetist Intensivist at the University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG) since August 2014.  Catherine is the current Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Ireland (JFICMI) Point of Care Ultrasound Lead and has participated in authoring their curriculum document for PoCUS.  She is the Irish Representative on the FUSIC (Focused US Intensive Care) UK Committee.  Catherine holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at UL GEMS.  She co-founded the University of Toronto Undergraduate Ultrasound Program with Dr Jonathon Ailon in 2012.  She has been teaching PoCUS at UL GEMS since 2015 and was scuppered temporarily by COVID until she discovered the art of teaching while wearing a facemask.

Recording of this event

Dr Catherine Motherway     01:40

Dr Catherine Nix     26:30

O'Connell, Kelleher, McNicholas     44:30

Dr Paul Tierney     1:12:22

Panel with Q & A     1:27:30