Dr. Nuala O'Connell

Consultant Microbiologist, Health Services Executive

nualah.oconnell@hse.ie

Nuala graduated in biochemistry and medicine from NUIG in 1991 and 1994 respectively. She completed a MSc. in clinical microbiology at QMW College, University of London in 1997 before becoming a registrar / lecturer in clinical microbiology at Beaumont Hospital / RCSI Dublin. She finished her clinical microbiology training by doing a PHLS/HPA rotation in the West Midlands, UK during which time she was awarded a MD from the University of Warwick in 2003 for her thesis on Clostridium difficile in a biofilm mode of growth using the Sobarod filter system. Nuala passed her MRCPath in clinical microbiology in 2004 and has been a consultant microbiologist & infection prevention and control doctor at the MWRH, Limerick since 2005. She is also an adjunct clinical lecturer at UL.

Interests include prosthetic joint infections, biofilms and antimicrobial resistance.

Publications

2017

Kingston, L., O'Connell, N.H. and Dunne, C. (2017) 'Hand hygiene-related clinical trials reported since 2010-A systematic review', National Institute of Health Sciences, 7(4), 64.


Kingston, L. M., Slevin, B. L., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2017) 'Attitudes and practices of Irish hospital-based physicians towards hand hygiene and handrubbing using alcohol-based hand rubs, a comparison between 2007 and 2015', J Hosp Infect, 2017/05/24.


Linnane, B., Kiernan, M.G., O'Connell, N.H., Kearse, L. and Dunne, C. (2017) 'Anti-rsv prophylaxis efficacy for infants and young children with cystic fibrosis in Ireland', National Institute of Health Sciences, 7(4), 11.


Linnane, B., Kearse, L., O'Connell, N.H., Fenton, J., Kiernan, M.G. and Dunne, C. (2017) 'A case of failed eradication of cystic fibrosis-related sinus colonisation by pseudomonas aeruginosa', National Institute of Health Sciences, 7(4), 12.


O’Connell, N. H., Tansey, P., Dunne, S. S. and Dunne, C. P. (2017) 'Timely publishing of experiences and sharing of knowledge', Journal of Hospital Infection.

 

O' Connor, C., Philip, R.K., Powell, J., Slevin, B., Quinn, C., Power, L., O'Connell, N.H. and Dunne, C. (2017) 'Combined education and skin antisepsis intervention for persistently high blood-culture contamination rates in neonatal intensive care', National Institute of Health Sciences, 7(4), 9.


O'Connor, C., Philip, R. K., Kelleher, J., Powell, J., O'Gorman, A., Slevin, B., Woodford, N., Turton, J. F., McGrath, E., Finnegan, C., Power, L., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2017) 'The first occurrence of a CTX-M ESBL-producing Escherichia coli outbreak mediated by mother to neonate transmission in an Irish neonatal intensive care unit', BMC Infect Dis, 17(1), 16.


Power, R.F., Linnane, B., Martin, R., Power, N., Harnett, P., Casserly, B., O'Connell, N.H. and Dunne, C. (2017) 'The first reported case of burkholderia contaminans in patients with cystic fibrosis in Ireland- From the Sargasso sea to Irish children', National Institute of Health Sciences, 7(4), 10.


2016

Kingston, L., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'Hand hygiene-related clinical trials reported since 2010: a systematic review', J Hosp Infect, 92(4), 309-20.

 

Kingston, L., O’Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'Response to letter from Chudleigh et al. : Systematic reviews of hand hygiene in patient care post 2010', Journal of Hospital Infection.

 

O’Connor, C., Philip, R. K., Powell, J., Slevin, B., Quinn, C., Power, L., O’Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'Combined education and skin antisepsis intervention for persistently high blood-culture contamination rates in neonatal intensive care', Journal of Hospital Infection. 

 

O’Connor, C., O’Connell, N. H., Commane, M., O’Donovan, E., Power, L. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'Limerick: forever associated with five lines of rhyme or infamous for irrepressible carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae for all time?', Journal of Hospital Infection.

 

O'Connor, C., Kiernan, M. G., Finnegan, C., O'Hara, M., Power, L., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'An optimised work-flow to reduce time-to-detection of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) using direct testing from rectal swabs', Bioengineered, 2016/08/18, 0.

 

O’Connor, C., Cormican, M., Boo, T. W., McGrath, E., Slevin, B., O’Gorman, A., Commane, M., Mahony, S., O’Donovan, E., Powell, J., Monahan, R., Finnegan, C., Kiernan, M. G., Coffey, J. C., Power, L., O’Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'An Irish outbreak of New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM)-1 carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: increasing but unrecognised prevalence', Journal of Hospital Infection.

 O’Connor, C., Kiernan, M. G., Finnegan, C., Powell, J., Power, L., O’Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. (2016) 'Colonisation with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) not detected in a prevalence study', Irish Journal of Medical Sciences.

Power, R. F., Linnane, B., Martin, R., Power, N., Harnett, P., Casserly, B., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2016) 'The first reported case of Burkholderia contaminans in patients with cystic fibrosis in Ireland: from the Sargasso Sea to Irish Children', BMC Pulm Med, 16(1), 57.

 

2015

Kingston, L., O’Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. P. (2015) 'Hand hygiene-related clinical trials reported since 2010: a systematic review', Journal of Hospital Infection.

 

Linnane, B., Kearse, L., O’ Connell, N.H., Kiernan, M.G., Dunne, C.P. (2015) 'Anti-RSV prophylaxis efficacy for infants and young children with cystic fibrosis in Ireland', Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 10(32).


Linnane, B., Kearse, L., NH, O. C., Fenton, J., Kiernan, M. G. and Dunne, C. P. (2015) 'A case of failed eradication of cystic fibrosis-related sinus colonisation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa', BMC Pulm Med, 15(1), 114.


O'Connor, C., Casserly, L. F., Qazi, J., Power, L., Finnegan, C., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. (2015) 'A case of fatal daptomycin-resistant, vancomycin-resistant enterococcal infective endocarditis in end-stage kidney disease', JMM Case Reports, 2(5).


O'Connor, C., Powell, J., Finnegan, C., O'Gorman, A., Barrett, S., Hopkins, K. L., Pichon, B., Hill, R., Power, L., Woodford, N., Coffey, J. C., Kearns, A., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. (2015) 'Incidence, management and outcomes of the first cfr-mediated linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis outbreak in a tertiary referral centre in the Republic of Ireland', J Hosp Infect.


2014


Carleton, A., Casserly, B., Power, L., Linnane, B., O’flaherty, G., Powell, J., Hartnett, P., Collins, J., Murphy, P., Kenna, D., O’connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. (2014) 'Clustered multidrug‐resistant Bordetella petrii in adult cystic fibrosis patients in Ireland: case report and review of antimicrobial therapies', JMM Case Reports, 1(1).


O’Connor, C., O'Connell, N., Power, L., Merrigan, A., Tormey, S., Coffey, J. C., Linnane, B. and Dunne, C. (2014) 'A case of Panton–Valentine leucocidin toxin‐positive Staphylococcus aureus‐mediated neonatal mastitis', JMM Case Reports, 3(2014), e004119.


O'Connell, N. H., O'Connor, C., O'Mahony, J., Lobo, R., Hayes, M., Masterson, E., Larvin, M., Coffey, J. C. and Dunne, C. (2014) 'A commentary on the disparate perspectives of clinical microbiologists and surgeons: Ad hoc antimicrobial use', Bioengineered, 5(4).


O'Connell, N. H., Power, L., O'Gorman, A., O'Connor, C. and Dunne, C. P. (2014) 'Against the onslaught of endemic carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae, the war is being lost on the Irish Front', J Hosp Infect, 87(4), 247-8.


O'Connor, C., Fitzgibbon, M., Powell, J., Barron, D., O'Mahony, J., Powe
r, L., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. (2014) 'A commentary on the role of molecular technology and automation in clinical diagnostics', Bioengineered, 5(3), 155-60.