RICHLAND, Wash. - The Food and Drug Administration has approved wider use of a portable blood test to detect lead poisoning.
The test delivers results in as little as three minutes, and it speeds the process of diagnosis of lead poisoning.
Typically, hospitals in the Tri-Cities have sent samples to Spokane or elsewhere to check for the problem, so that it can be weeks before further tests are ordered and completed.
The portable tests are now allowed at clinics and other point-of-care locations such as mobile health units.
Symptoms include forgetfulness, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Lead poisoning is often linked to corroded plumbing and older, lead-based paint.