Blood-lead testing has never been easier waived test is convenient for patients & practitioners

In 1997, ESA, now a Magellan Biosciences business, introduced the first-generation LeadCare system a moderately complex test. Although its CLIA status limited how many providers could adopt the test, where it was implemented, the LeadCare I system proved that point-of-care testing works to reach at-risk children who are missed by traditional prescription-based or send-out testing programs.

Wanting to expand the test to more community-based sites that serve at-risk populations from mobile health clinics and Head Start programs, to WIC clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers the CDC partnered with ESA to develop a CLIA-waived version. In September 2006, the FDA cleared LeadCare II.

The award-winning LeadCare II system removes all the complications formerly associated with blood-lead testing waiting days for lab results, spending precious staff time and resources trying to contact patients for critical follow-up care, or tracking down lab results for record-keeping, reporting, or compliance purposes. Its CLIA-waived status enables a paradigm shift in lead testing: practitioners can test, educate, and initiate follow-up actions if necessary instantly, on the spot, and all in one visit during the routine well-child check-up. This approach is convenient and easy for the child, parent, and healthcare provider, and thus, it is the most-effective way to ensure that those at greatest risk for lead poisoning actually receive mandated lead tests. > Continue

Click for information on lead-poisoning programs by state LeadCare II

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HOW ARE CHILDREN EXPOSED TO LEAD?

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.