As of July 19, 2022, in alignment with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the reference range for blood lead testing has been updated from 5 mcg/dL to 3.5 mcg/dL.
This applies to both: Lead, Blood Level [LAB98] and Lead Screen Filter Paper [LAB2111119].
In addition, at this time the low end of reporting for Lead Screen Filter Paper [LAB2111119] has increased from 1 mcg/dL to 2 mcg/dL.
Please note that any elevated capillary blood specimens should be confirmed with a venous specimen because of possible contamination.
For guidance on recommend actions based on blood lead levels see the follow resources:
• CDC: Recommended Actions Based on Blood Lead Levels | Lead | CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/advisory/acclpp/actions-blls.htm#anchor_1647349398342)
• MDHHS: For Healthcare Providers (michigan.gov) (https://www.michigan.gov/mileadsafe/professionals/healthcare-providers)
• Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222)
• Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) (Families – PEHSU, https://www.pehsu.net/general_public.html)