Doctors in Flint Offered Another Way to Test Kids for Lead
The Michigan State and Genesee County Health Departments are asking pediatricians to test all children up to age 6 who consumed Flint city water after April 2014. In collaboration with the county health department, Magellan Diagnostics has announced it is loaning its LeadCare II systems to practices in Flint to expand access to testing.
"It is critical to identify and monitor kids who have been exposed to lead. Our system is the fastest and easiest way to do this - it's simple to run, and in three minutes the doctor has an answer. People with potential exposure in Flint should have access to testing," said Amy Winslow, president and CEO of Magellan Diagnostics.
In her January 19th letter to pediatricians, Eden Wells, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Medical Executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wrote, "We hope you take advantage of this resource to expand capabilities within your practice."
Providers interested in testing with LeadCare II can call Magellan at 800-305-0197 for information and assistance. Concerned parents should ask their pediatricians or local health department for an on-site test.