• Kendiss Olafson headshot
  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Medicine
    Section: Critical Care
    University of Manitoba
    Room GC201B – 820 Sherbrook Avenue
    Health Sciences Center
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

    Phone: 204-787-1634
    kendiss.olafson@umanitoba.ca

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Research summary

Dr. Olafson has utilized the Manitoba Health data repository at Manitoba Centre for Health Policy to explore critical illness epidemiology, resource use and subsequent patient outcomes.

As part of her work in quality improvement, Dr. Olafson has also led projects focused on optimizing care of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and improving communication at the time of hospital discharge.

Most recently, she is investigating mental health outcomes after critical illness and the use of intensive care unit (ICU) diaries as an intervention to mitigate the effects of critical illness among survivors and their families.

Biography

Dr. Kendiss Olafson is an assistant professor within the section of critical care, department of internal medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. With a background in general internal medicine, she has worked in critical care since 2003. She is co-chair of the outcomes improvement committee for critical care which oversees medical standards and quality improvement initiatives for critical care in Winnipeg.

Notable quality improvement efforts have included establishing an annual critical care symposium for quality improvement at the University of Manitoba. Her efforts have also been instrumental in reducing the use of potentially harmful sedation in critically ill patients, instituting early mobility strategies and promotion of patient-family centered care initiatives. She helped form an ICU patient and family advisory board for the critical care program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she developed the family liaison role within the intensive care units to support patients and families during pandemic-induced visitor restrictions.

Prior research publications have included investigations on the effects of the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, the effects of inpatient ICU bed resources and sedation use on patient outcomes, and the impacts of leaving hospital against medical advice. Most recently, she has led projects investigating mental health outcomes after critical illness and ICU diaries as an intervention to mitigate the effects of critical illness among survivors.

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Internal Medicine
Room GC430, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada

204-787-7772
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