Lead Screening in Children
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses children 2 years of age who had one or more blood tests for lead poisoning by their second birthday.
Exposure to lead can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, as well as intellectual and behavioral deficits.1 Because children who are exposed to lead often have no obvious symptoms, lead poisoning often goes unrecognized.1
Screening for lead is an easy way to detect an abnormal blood lead level in children. There is no safe blood lead level.2 If not found early, exposure to lead and high blood lead levels can lead to irrevocable effects on a child’s physical and mental health.
1. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “About Lead-Based Paint.” http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes/lead
2. CDC. 2009. Last updated July 12, 2013. “National Biomonitoring Program Factsheet—Lead.” CDC. 2013. “Blood Lead Levels in Children Aged 1–5 Years—United States, 1999–2010.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 62(13); 245–48.