Come join your IPAM colleagues on Friday, October 21, 2016 for a presentation on:

Cytotoxic Spill Drill; successes and challenges. 

The toxicity of hazardous medications, including cytotoxic drugs can present risks to those who handle or come in contact with them. Anyone working with patients receiving cytotoxic medications is at risk of exposure and should be trained in the proper spill cleanup of hazardous medication waste, contaminated materials and blood and body fluid/excreta.

WRHA OESH and HSC Oncology Program partnered and developed a Cytotoxic Spill Drill Checklist and began conducting Cytotoxic Spill drills at HSC in fall of 2015. The Cytotoxic Spill Drill was developed to gauge awareness of the existing hazardous medication spill management policy and provides an objective, standardized, evidence informed tool to evaluate spill response processes. This presentation will highlight the successes and challenges of implementing the Cytotoxic Spill Drills at an acute care facility that delivers cytotoxic medications to a large oncology population on a daily basis. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the adaptability to the community and LTC settings.



Dave Oomah, B.Env.Sc., CRM

Dave joined the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in 2015 as Safety & Health Coordinator, in the department of Occupational, Environmental, Safety & Health. Dave’s portfolio consists of Health Sciences Centre, Victoria General Hospital and Regional Laundry Services. His previous professional experience includes 6 years working in the fields of occupational hygiene, health & safety and project management within the private sector. Dave graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Environmental Science.


Kathy Ramesar, RN, CON(C)

Kathy is a Registered Nurse at the Health Sciences centre with over 25 years of Oncology Nursing experience. Her specialty training includes Oncology Nursing Certification through the Canadian Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society’s Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Certification. She is currently a Nurse Clinician with the HSC Oncology Nursing Consult service providing chemotherapy treatment, education and support to patients and staff in the adult programs. Kathy was the co-chair with Barbara  Sproll of the 2015 review of the WRHA/CancerCare Manitoba Joint Policy for Safe Handling of Hazardous Medications (Cytotoxic and Non-Cytotoxic).


Event Details
Date:   Friday, October 21, 2016
Time:  Networking 7:30am, Presentation 8:00am
Location: Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy, Room: Ambassador C – NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION!
IPAM Members – No Charge
Non-Members – $25.00
Members can bring a guest to the breakfast meeting for free!

Register at – office@ipam-manitoba.com 
Questions? Contact us at 204-275-3727

January 2023
Meeting Archives
Member Benefits!

Current IPAM member’s can visit here:

Login: IPAM / Password:  Login