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Individualize lead screening.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is advising physicians not to perform blood lead testing for all pregnant women. Ob.gyns. should instead evaluate the risk factors for exposure on an individual basis as part of a comprehensive health risk assessment. But the identification of even one risk factor should trigger a blood lead test, according to the policy statement from the ACOG's Committee on Obstetric Practice. Women with risk factors for lead exposure who were not screened during pregnancy should be screened post partum if they plan to breastfeed, the ACOG wrote. The policy statement was published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Schneider, Mary Ellen
Publication:OB GYN News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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