Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Lead Poisoning

Lead Poisoning, Children

The AAFP concludes that evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children aged 1 to 5 years who are at increased risk. (2006)

(Grade: I recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspslead.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Lead Poisoning, Children

The AAFP recommends against routine screening for elevated blood levels in asymptomatic children aged 1 to 5 years who are at average risk. (2006)

(Grade: D recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspslead.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Lead Poisoning, Pregnant Women

The AAFP recommends against routine screening for elevated blood levels in asymptomatic pregnant women. (2006)

(Grade: D recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspslead.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.