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Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Programme Database

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National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Subject Keywords: Heart, Lung, Transplant, Database
Set: Chronic Conditions
Rare Disease
Rare Diseases
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Database
Region: Republic of Ireland

Since April 1999 the Department of Health have funded a heart/lung and lung transplant programme based at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. This transplant programme is a joint venture between the Mater Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. It is aimed at meeting the needs of those people in the Republic of Ireland who may require a heart/lung, lung transplant.

An up to date list of all patients awaiting transplantation is kept by the Transplant Team. A patient is only put onto the waiting list for a heart transplant once they have been assessed in person by a Transplant

Consultant and until their situation has been reviewed by the Transplant Team. Assessment for the transplant usually takes place over three to five days  and involves a variety of tests and investigations such as:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Clinical observations e.g. blood pressure
  • Bacterial swabs
  • Sputum and urine samples
  • 24 hour urine collection
  • Chest X-ray
  • Twelve lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Ultrasound (echo) of the heart
  • Full blood count
  • Biochemistry
  • Infectious diseases and viral screen
  • Clotting profile
  • Tissue typing and antibody screen
  • Blood group




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National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. (2012) Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Programme Database [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th March 2017].


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