Monitor environmental lead exposure in children younger than 16 years.
Because alcohol wipes do not sufficiently remove lead dust, the child’s hands should be washed with soap and water before capillary blood lead tests are collected.
Microtainer - lavender EDTA (LabCorp)
Mix blood thoroughly to avoid clotting.
Clients submitting specimens for testing using manual requisitions must include a completed Blood lead report form
Ambient (preferred) – 14 days
Refrigerated – 14 days
Frozen – 14 days
Freeze/thaw cycles – stable x2
Atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) or inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry (ICP/MS)
Environmental exposure: 0 to 15 years: 0−4 μg/dL1