Received: 22 October 2020
Accepted: 18 December 2020
First Online: 9 January 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval was obtained from the Beaumont Hospital Ethics Committee (Reference #1706). Consent or assent was obtained for all participants as appropriate and in accordance with local regulatory frameworks and national legislation. In the first instance we tried to obtain written consent from the patient. If this was not possible we obtained written family member assent face-to-face. If this was also not possible we obtained telephone assent from family members. When patients regained capacity, written consent was obtained. This procedure was approved by the local ethics committee in light of Covid-19 restrictions.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare they have no competing interests.