Applies to: Mercy Care Complete Care, Mercy Care DD, Mercy Care RBHA, Mercy Care Long Term Care, and Mercy DCS-CHP
Mercy Care has received the below information from AHCCCS and want to share with our provider network.
The CDC has made us aware of a potential shortage of LeadCare® test kits used to analyze capillary blood lead samples from patients following the recall on July 2, 2021. This shortage of LeadCare® test kits may result in fewer children receiving blood lead tests in their jurisdictions.
If LeadCare® test kits are unavailable, the CDC strongly recommends that healthcare providers not delay required blood lead testing for children. Blood lead testing can be done with either a venous or capillary blood sample, both of which can be submitted to a laboratory for analysis with higher complexity methods. Healthcare providers should contact laboratories for recommended blood collection supplies.