Dr Yoanna Skrobik
Internist – Intensivist
Yoanna Skrobik MD, FRCPC), MSc (pharmacology) is an internist and intensivist. Her main clinical research interests include analgesia, sedation and delirium. Her expertise areas include preventive and therapeutic interventions related to drug use, specifically analgesics and sedatives, and their relationship to cognition. Clinical practice evaluation is another interest, specifically as it relates to the reliability and variability of interdisciplinary clinical evaluations (nurses, physicians) and the relative usefulness of educational initiatives to improve the management of pain, sedation and delirium. She has participated in various national projects as a content expert since 2008 with the Canadian Collaborative (sponsored by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute) to improve practice. Dr Skrobik was part of the working group of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) that produced the guidelines published in 2013 for the management of pain, anxiety, and delirium in intensive care, and is the current Committee’s Vice President for the next guideline iteration (with an anticipated publication date in 2017). Ongoing projects (for which she earned a Masters in clinical pharmacology in September 2013) include pharmacological evaluation of analgesics and sedatives, their pharmacokinetics and their impact on the longitudinal patient trajectory. She contributed to the recent of ” Guidelines for Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult Intensive Care Unit.” She was recently named a Fellow by the SCCM’s Board of Regents with a presidential mention for her scientific contribution to the community.