Researchers at UCD


Ian Conrick Martin

Clinical Lecturer/Assistant Professor & Consultant In Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia

School of Medicine
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Eccles St.
Dublin 7

Tel: 353 1 8032773


Qualified in 2004 from University College Cork

Medical SHO training scheme (MMUH)

Eastern Regional Anaesthesia Training Scheme & National Anaesthesia SpR Training Scheme

Fellow in Critical Care Medicine (MMUH/SJH)

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia (incl TOE & Transplantation) special interest year (MMUH)

Senior Clinical Fellow & subsequently Locum Consultant Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.


The Mater Hospital's critical care service includes includes the intensive care unit (ICU) and the high dependency unit (HDU). We are one of Ireland's leading intensive care services, providing treatment to approximately 2,800 patients each year.


What we do

We provide specialist intensive care medicine services, including service to the hospital's national specialty services including cardiac surgery, heart and lung  transplantation, spinal surgery, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. We also treat obstetric emergencies from the Rotunda Hospital, as well as a broad range of general emergency referrals from within and outside our catchment area. 


As a leading academic intensive care practice, our intensive care team includes consultants and senior trainees who have specialty training in a number of areas, including anaesthesia, internal medicine and emergency medicine. We are recognised for training by the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland, the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.


How we deliver exceptional care

Our critical care service is run by a highly specialised multidisciplinary team which includes consultants and other senior doctors, nursing staff, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists and many more.

Nursing care in ICU and HDU is led by a group of highly experienced and senior nursing staff who are integral to the provision of high quality of care. They are supported by a broad team of nursing staff who are specially trained to provide the highest quality, patient focused critical care.


The intensive care medical team "round" three times a day, in both the ICU and the HDU. They begin at 7.30am with a comprehensive handover from the night staff and a plan is made for the day for each patient. At 12.30pm, the team meets again, along with specialists from microbiology and radiology, to discuss each case. An evening round occurs from 4.30pm to 6pm to review daily progress and plan for the night ahead




Association: Intensive Care Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Council Member

Conference Contributions

Conrick-Martin, I (2015) Mobile ECLS: the Brompton experience. [Oral Presentation], Dublin ECLS Meeting, Dublin , 01-OCT-15 - 01-OCT-15.
Conrick-Martin, I (2016) Critical care outcomes following major cardiothoracic surgery. [Oral Presentation], JFICMI refresher series, Dublin , 24-MAR-16 - 24-MAR-16.
Conrick-Martin, I (2016) Death and brain stem death. [Oral Presentation], Organ Donation & Transplantation Ireland study day, St. James' Hospital, Dublin , 01-JUN-16 - 01-JUN-16.


Committee : Organ Donation and Transplantation Ireland Committee

Journals Edited

Journal Of Clinical Anesthesia: Reviewer.



Book Chapters

Conrick-Martin, I; Merwick, A (2015) 'Management of stroke in a non-neurointensive care unit' In: Vizvaychipi, MP; Corredor, CM (eds). Key Topics in the Management of the Critically Ill. New York: Springer. [Details]
Conrick-Martin, I (2016) 'Respiratory Disorders (Pulmonary collapse and atelectasis)' In: Waldmann, C; Soni, N; Handy, J; Rhodes, A (eds). Oxford Desk Reference: Critical Care (2nd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Conrick-Martin, I; Walshe, CM; Carson, K; McCormack, D; O¿Brien, K (2013) 'Anaesthesia for scoliosis correction surgery complicated by severe resistant bradycardia upon prone positioning in an adolescent with Prader-Willi syndrome'. Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 19 (3):171-173. [Details]
Straub BD, Aslani A;Enohumah K;Rahore R;Conrick-Martin I;Kumar D;Campbell M;Dicker P;Mocanu E;Loughrey JP;Hayes NE;McCaul CL (2014) 'Evaluation of the effect of intra-operative intravenous fluid on post-operative pain and pulmonary function: a randomized trial comparing 10 and 30 ml kg(-1) of crystalloid'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 183 (4):549-556. [DOI] [Details]
Conrick-Martin I, Foley M;Roche FM;Fraher MH;Burns KM;Morrison P;Healy M;Power MW;Fitzpatrick F;Phelan D;Walshe CM (2013) 'Catheter-related infection in Irish intensive care units diagnosed with HELICS criteria: a multi-centre surveillance study'. Journal of Hospital Infection, 83 (3):238-243. [DOI] [Details]
Conrick-Martin I, Buggy DJ (2013) 'Effects of anesthetic and analgesic techniques on immune function'. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, :253-254. [Details]
Conrick-Martin I, O'Gorman J;Lenehan D;Oshodi D;Scanlon N;O'Brien S;Hannan M;Lynch M;Carton E (2012) 'Nosocomial infections in a cohort of extracorporeal life support patients'. Critical Care Medicine, 14 (3):198-201. [Details]
Conrick-Martin I, Kell MR, Buggy DJ (2012) 'Meta-analysis of the effect of central neuraxial regional anesthesia compared with general anesthesia on postoperative natural killer T lymphocyte function'. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 24 (1):3-7. [DOI] [Details]
Conrick-Martin I, Buckley A;Cooke J;O'Riordan F;Cahill J;O'Croinin D (2011) 'Antimicrobial usage in an intensive care unit: a prospective analysis'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (8):240-242. [Details]
McMorrow RC, Ni Mhuircheartaigh RJ;Ahmed KA;Aslani A;Ng SC;Conrick-Martin I;Dowling JJ;Gaffney A;Loughrey JP;McCaul CL (2011) 'Comparison of transversus abdominis plane block vs spinal morphine for pain relief after Caesarean section'. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 106 (5):706-712. [DOI] [Details]
O'Brien BP, Murphy D;Conrick-Martin I;Marsh B (2009) 'The functional outcome and recovery of patients admitted to an intensive care unit following drug overdose: a follow-up study'. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 37 (5):802-806. [Details]


Research Interests

My sub-speciality interest is the field of Extra-Corporeal Life Support techniques, particularly veno-venous ECMO & veno-venous extra-corporeal CO2 removal. I also have an interest in mobile ECMO (ECMO retrieval).


In the field of anaesthesia, my interest lies in Cardiac & Thoracic Anaesthesia together with peri-operative Trans-Oesophageal Echocardiography.


I have completed fellowship training in all the above sub-speciality areas. I also have an interest in human factors and team-skills and have completed training in this area also.



Teaching Philosophy

I am strongly committed to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level; I am the national course director for BASIC (Basic Assessment & Support in Intensive Care) involving the recruitment of consultant instructors as well as teaching commitments and significant organisational responsibilities.

Enhancement of Teaching

I believe that my experience in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care provides me with a strong background to thrive as a teacher in those areas. I believe strongly in getting the most out of the students/candidates and bring a positive encouraging manner to all such encounters.

Developing as a Teacher

Likewise I am involved in preparing candidates for the MCAI, FCAI & FJFICMI examinations as well as an examiner for all of the above.