ALBANY, N.Y. and CHELMSFORD, Mass., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A pediatrician, nurses, and staff from Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services will be on-site at Berlin Elementary School on Monday, December 20th to screen students for elevated blood-lead levels at no charge to the student's family. Magellan Biosciences has donated test kits and loaned the health center four portable LeadCare II analyzers, which provide three-minute blood-lead results from a finger-stick sample. The Berlin Central School District initiated the screening.
Students must have the consent of a parent or guardian before participating in the free testing. While testing is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. If the child's lead screening test result is less than 8 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl) of whole blood, this is considered below the action level for New York State and no further testing will be required. Any screening blood lead level of 8 ug/dL or higher will be checked again using blood taken from a vein for confirmation, as per New York State guidelines.
"Early detection is the key to preventing further lead absorption," said Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services Chief Medical Officer Kallanna Manjunath, MD, CPE, a board-certified pediatrician. "This test involves a finger-stick with immediate results, and parents will learn about their child's current lead level on the screening day. Parents will be notified about results from any confirmatory tests after a reference lab has evaluated them. We are pleased to be of assistance to the Berlin community and appreciate the generosity of Magellan Biosciences' donation of the LeadCare II systems for the event."
"Once again, when results really matter, the experts in lead poisoning prevention depend on the LeadCare II system's three-minute results to identify those truly at risk of lead poisoning, quickly determine who needs follow-up care, and set parents' minds at ease," said Magellan Chief Executive Offic
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