Unfortunately, despite the promise of reaching more at-risk children, a variety of financial and bureaucratic obstacles prevent widespread implementation of the LeadCare II test in the public health arena across the nation. In the meantime, perhaps hundreds of thousands of children with elevated blood-lead levels are missed by current prescription-based and send-out testing practices. The LeadCare II system is an innovative technological solution developed at the behest of the CDC with taxpayer dollars to improve screening rates, prevention education, and health outcomes by bringing the test directly to children, where they are already receiving healthcare or other services. But it is not enough to fund and develop the tool. The policies that prevent its easy adoption in public health need to be addressed as well. Point-of-care LeadCare II testing has the potential to save millions of dollars in avoided healthcare and social service costs. Most important, it provides stakeholders parents, practitioners, and policy-makers with the information they need to focus resources on the children who are truly at risk. Working together, we can make a significant difference in children's lives, and improve the health, well-being, and economic interests of the entire community. > Continue

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Lead sources may include: paint chips, dust, & soil in or around older (pre-1978) buildings older painted objects leaded glass, crystal, pewter, & ceramic dishes (more likely in painted china & in pottery from Latin America, the Middle East, & India) herbal/traditional remedies & cosmetics from other countries candy from Mexico toys & trinkets
Doctors and Public Health, click here to learn how the LeadCare II system can help you meet your state's blood-lead screening requirements.