Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers play a key role in preventing lead poisoning by identifying children at a higher risk, testing their blood lead levels, and connecting families to any needed follow-up services. The following resources provide information on lead screening, reporting, medical management, and other lead-based health issues.

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HRSA-CDC Letter on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Blood Lead Testing [PDF – 213 KB] – In a joint letter, HRSA and CDC provide information for healthcare providers regarding childhood lead poisoning prevention and blood lead testing.

All Children Can Be Exposed to Lead – information on testing and treating children with lead in their blood.

Blood Lead Levels in Children [PDF – 100 KB] – fact sheet with information on blood lead levels in children.

CDC’s Recommended Terminology When Discussing Children’s Blood Lead Levels [PDF – 330 KB] – guidance for interpreting and discussing children’s blood lead levels.

Recommended Actions Based on Blood Lead Level – recommendations for follow-up and case management of children based on confirmed blood lead levels.

LAMP: A CDC Program to Ensure the Quality of Blood-Lead Laboratory Measurements – information on CDC’s program to ensure quality of blood-lead laboratory measurements.

Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children [PDF – 4.19 MB] – recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.

Mission Unleaded: How to Test Children for Lead with Maximum Accuracy – video on reducing the risk of contamination during blood collection for lead testing.

ATSDR Toxicological Profile for Lead – information on the toxicology and adverse health effects of lead.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) information on lead exposure – information and resources for physicians on prevention and medical management.

Find a Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) in your region – information about protecting children from environmental hazards. Learn more with these videos in English and en Español.