Lab Test : Lead (blood)

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Alternate:Pb
Includes:Lead
Department:Chemistry
Phone:(937) 641-3428
SQ Code:LEAD
Available:Mon - Fri, first shift only. Call for STAT availability.
Turnaround:24 hours
Specimen:Blood
Volume:0.2 mL
Container:3 mL green top tube or green microtainer (sodium heparin)
Temperature:N/A
Rejection:Clotted specimens.
Normal:Class I less than or equal to 9 mg/dL A child in Class I is not considered to be lead-poisoned. Class 11A 10-14mg/dL Finding many children with blood lead levels in this range should trigger community-side childhood lead poisoning prevention activities. Children in this range should be rescreened more frequently. Class IIB 15-19 mg/dL A child in Class IIB should receive nutritional and educational interventions and more frequent screening. If the lead level persists in this range, environmental investigation should be done. Class III 20-44mg/dL A child in Class III should receive environmental evaluation and remediation and a medical evaluation. Such a child may need pharmacological treatment of lead poisoning. Class IV 45-69 mg/dL A child in Class IV will need both medical and environmental interventions, including chelation therapy. Class V greater than or equal to 70mg/dL A child in Class V lead poisoning is a medical emergency. Medical and environmental management must begin immediately.
Uses:Evaluation of lead poisoning.
Limitations:Venous specimen preferred.
Method:Atomic absorption (furnace)
 

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