Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Healthcare Provider Resources
The Arizona Department of Health Services recognizes that pediatricians have a lot on their plates! The checklist for a well-child visit is staggering, and sometimes screening for lead poisoning is not perceived as a beneficial use of a physician's limited resources. To better equip physicians to incorporate blood lead screening into their practices, ADHS has streamlined our screening and reporting protocol to make this simple test even easier!
- Childhood Lead Screening: A Guide for Health Professionals
The two-page guide includes high risk questions to ask families, targeted high-risk zip codes, health effects of lead exposure, common sources found in Arizona, and what to do if a test comes back elevated.
- Additional information on screening for elevated blood levels can be found in the following documents:
- Lead Screening in Arizona, 2012
- Lead Poisoning in Children, 2010
- MMWR Recommendations for Blood Lead Screeining of Medicaid-Eligible Children Aged 1-5 Years, 2009
- Recommendations for Preventative Pediatric Health Care, 2008
- USPSTF Recommended Screening for Elevated Blood Levels in Children and Pregnant Women, 2007
Targeted Screening Plan
- ADHS Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Targeted Screening Plan
ADHS has developed a targeted screening policy based on geographic testing for children who are at higher risk of lead poisoning. Surveillance data is analyzed annually to identify zip codes at greater risk of childhood lead poisoning. All children living in targeted zip codes should have a blood lead test at 12 and 24 months of age. Children living in Arizona, but not in a targeted zip code, should receive an individual risk assessment questionnaire at 12 and 24 months of age.
Statutes & Rules
- Laboratory Report of Elevated Blood Lead Levels
Laboratories are required to report both elevated and non-elevated test results, while physicians are required to report only elevated blood lead levels to ADHS.
- Physician Report for Elevated Blood Levels
Physicians are also asked to report non-elevated results for children with previous elevated blood lead levels to assist in ADHS' case management services.
Note: Information provided in PDF files.