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Mater ED Fellowship for Hannah Kelliher

An exciting year begins for Kerry-born Hannah Kelliher as she takes up the Aspire Advanced Resuscitation Fellowship in the Mater Hospital this week.

The first-of-its-kind fellowship focuses on quality improvement, patient safety, innovation, leadership and education and workforce planning.

It is a formal comprehensive one-year program in collaboration with the Mater Emergency Department and Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care that will allow Hannah to gain advanced knowledge and skills in the resuscitation and early intensive care of critically unwell patients.

“It is a very exciting prospect. I cannot wait to get started. I have a huge interest in both resuscitation and in intensive care so I am very privileged to have this opportunity to work in both,” said Hannah.

It is the first critical care/resuscitation fellowship to become available to graduates of Irish Emergency Medicine training and will give with the opportunity to progress to dual qualification in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (EM).

“It is the first of its kind in Ireland. This pathway is well established in North America, the UK and Australia but, up to now, has not existed here. It is a great opportunity in the future to become an ED intensivist,” she explained.

She has special interest in resuscitation medicine, airway management in the ED, trauma care and prehospital medicine.

Hannah rotated through Cork University Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Tallaght Hospital and University Hospital Galway during the SpR scheme and achieved CSCST just last month.

The fellowship will allow Hannah to support ICU level care to the patient in the Emergency Department and works upon the concept that intensive care is a system of quality care delivery, rather than a physical location.

The Mater Hospital Emergency Department is Ireland’s busiest adult ED with approximately 65,000 adult attendances per annum. The ED has some of the most diverse, high acuity, and challenging patient cohorts in the country.

It provides dedicated national services for ECMO, spinal, and cardiothoracic surgery including heart and lung transplant and is home to one of Ireland’s most advanced critical care units.

The Mater ED has special interest in delivery of trauma care, advanced airways, point of care ultrasound and simulation-based education. The ICU and HDU admit over 2,300 patients per year with approximately almost 300 patients coming directly from the Mater ED.

This provides the perfect learning environment for those interested in Resuscitation Medicine.

Hannah will be based in the ICU in the Mater, working between there and the hospital’s Emergency Department.