Lead Poisoning in Children: Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention
Welcome to the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) E-learning training module for the lead screening component of the Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Program. C&TC is Minnesota's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT); a federally mandated program for children and youth who are eligible for Minnesota's Health Care Programs (MCHP) Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare.
This training is a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the lead agency for the C&TC Program and the Minnesota Department of Health, designed primarily for people who provide health related services to children and families – especially providers of any or all the components of a C&TC well child exam.
The module is divided into three segments with objectives listed on the next page that correlate to each segment. Part I will take approximately 30 minutes and Parts II and III will take approximately 15 minutes each. Some people may take more or less time depending on personal factors.
As part of a wide range of children's preventative health care services, all children enrolled in MA or MinnesotaCare and eligible for Child and Teen Checkups and are required to receive blood lead level (BLL) testing at 12 and 24 months. Additionally, all children over 24 months of age but less than 72 months (6 years) are required to have a BLL test if there is no record of a previous screening test.
Blood lead levels are measured in micrograms per deciliter which you may see written as mcg/dL or more commonly as µg/dL. However, The Joint Commission (TJC) formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthCare Organizations (JCAHO) is recommending a change to use the mcg/dL abbreviation and so that is what will be used.