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December 2008, Volume 38 Number 12 , p 17 - 18


  • Elizabeth Heavey RN, CNM, PhD


Heavey, Elizabeth RN, CNM, PhD

Issue: Volume 38(12), December 2008, p 17–18 Publication Type: [Department: upFront: HEALTH MATTERS: Promoting health and wellness] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Elizabeth Heavey is an assistant professor of nursing at SUNY Brockport in Brockport, N.Y.

LEAD, AN ENVIRONMENTAL TOXIN found in some paint, drinking water, household dust, soil, old painted toys, and other products, poses significant health risks to children who ingest or inhale it regularly. 1 Healthy People 2010 has made eliminating elevated lead levels in children a priority goal. In this article, I'll discuss how to identify and control children's exposure to lead and implement appropriate screening and intervention for children at risk.

Finding the source

Laws passed in 1976 eliminated lead from gasoline and reduced allowable industrial output, significantly decreasing exposure to airborne lead and residual lead in soil. 2 Then lead-based paints ...

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