Blood Lead

Blood Lead testing is performed on children’s blood specimens for Pediatric Clinics, Head Start Programs, Day Care facilities and Local Health Departments around the state in support of the Indiana Lead and Healthy Homes Program (ILHHP).  Initial screening is performed on finger stick blood specimens. Any Elevated Blood Lead Levels are verified using venous blood. Testing is free to the submitter.

Screening of all children under 7 years of age for Lead poisoning is required by Federal law for children on Medicaid.

Specimens are accepted for both Medicaid and non-Medicaid eligible patients.  Any child or adult at risk for Lead Poisoning can be tested.

Submitters may request supplies at http://www.in.gov/isdh/19144.htm.

New submitters will need to call 317-233-1296 or email lead@isdh.in.gov for a provider number and sampling instructions from the Indiana Lead and Healthy Homes Program.

The ISDH Blood Lead Laboratory uses a sophisticated instrument called an Inductively Coupled Plasma / Mass Spectrometer (ICP/MS) for the accurate and sensitive detection of Lead in Blood specimens.  The ISDH Laboratory does NOT use the Magellan LeadCare Analyzers.

 

Available Tests

Blood Lead, capillary or venous