Our Team

Our Team
Our expert team includes nurses, pharmacists and doctors who have expertise in caring for the poisoned patient. Our Specialists in Poison Information nurses and pharmacists have advanced training in toxicology and will provide you with expert poison advice.
 

Specialist in Poison Information

The Specialist in Poison Information (SPI) is a registered nurse or pharmacist who has received specialized training in toxicology. The SPIs are front-line staff who answer poison calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After an ongoing two-year training period, eligible Specialists in Poison Information write a certification exam to achieve the designation of Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI).

Mycology Consultant

The mycology consultant is an associate professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. They provide mycological consultation to the MPC, collaborating with the interprofessional team in the management of mushroom exposures.

Medical Direction

The medical director and assistant medical director are responsible for the toxicological advice provided during all telephone consultations. As such, they write and review protocols, provide one-on-one consultations, offer electives and other continuing education opportunities at various levels for health-care providers and collaborate on toxicology research.

Toxicology Consultants

The Manitoba Poison Centre is supported by a group of board certified medical toxicologists who provide physician consultations when the care of a poisoned patient is beyond the scope of practice of the poison specialists. They also participate in the toxicology education and research at the centre.
In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, Manitoba Poison Centre would like to raise awareness about cannabis safety with a focus on safe storage and reducing access to children.
Since legalization of cannabis in 2018, the Poison Centres* has seen a shocking increase in cases of children accidentally eating edible cannabis products and requiring hospitalization. In 2018, we answered 71 cannabis edible related calls while last year we answered 718. That is an increase of over 820% in four years!
Easy access due to improper storage has been the common denominator that has led to an increase in children consuming cannabis edibles. In many of these cases, these products look almost identical to desserts, treats and popular brands of candy. 
Follow us for Poison Prevention information and local participation in Manitoba during National Poison Prevention Week.  
During National Poison Prevention Week, look for hashtags #CheckforPoisons (Canada) and #NPPW2022 (North America) to stay up to date with messages and activities taking place related to poison prevention.
Check out the Manitoba Poison Centre website (manitobapoison.ca) for great resources to help families stay safe:
Common Poisons Section
  • Browse through a searchable list of household products to learn more about their poison risk, and what to do if someone has been exposed.
  • Learn about the top 10 most common household exposures in 2021, separated by age group.
  • Check out the poison storage checklist, made by our friends at Parachute (Canada national charity dedicated to injury prevention).
 
For Families Section
  • Learn about poison prevention strategies you can use in your home.
  • Visit our cannabis hub to learn about why cannabis is more dangerous for children than for adults, and what you can do to prevent an unintentional poisoning from occurring.
Additional Resources

 
Remember: If an unintentional poisoning occurs, contact your local poison centre:
Manitoba: 1-855-7764766
For a full list of Canadian Poison Centre Numbers: Canadian Association for Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicology

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Related Links:

Ontario Poison Centre
https://www.ontariopoisoncentre.ca/education-news/poison-prevention-week/

Manitoba Poison Centre
https://www.manitobapoison.ca/for-families/cannabis-and-kids

PADIS
https://injurypreventioncentre.ca/campaigns/poison-prevention

Parachute
https://parachute.ca/en/program/poison-prevention-week/
https://parachute.ca/en/program/highandlocked/

BC Poison Centre
Preventable:
https://www.preventable.ca/unsure-about-your-medication/
VCH:
http://www.vch.ca/public-health/harm-reduction/cannabis-marijuana
Finding Balance BC:
https://findingbalancebc.ca/medications/

Canada
Drug Free Kids Canada:
http://bit.ly/39L23jK
Health Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis/health-effects.html#a8
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/health-effects/parents.html