Student Research: Ryan Wallace

, Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), 2012
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Childhood Lead Exposures in a Vietnamese Battery Recycling Village


This cross-sectional study was conducted with children in Dong Mai village of Hung Yen province, Vietnam, in collaboration with Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH), as signified by a letter of collaboration between the NIOEH and the University of Washington (UW). All study procedures were reviewed and approved in advance by the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) at the UW and NIOEH.

This study screened a sample of children, aged ten years or less, from the village in order to determine their Blood Lead Level (BLL) using a portable screening device, the LeadCare® II. With parental consent and child assent, each child underwent a single BLL measurement using a finger stick blood sample. The study also included a short interview of the parent/guardian and systematic observations of the home setting for each participating child. Blood lead levels were examined for association with various risk factors identified in the home observations and family questionnaire in the interest of identifying the primary sources of exposure ad controlling for them. An important aspect of the study as to provide education about lead toxicity effects and management options to the members of he NIOEH, the health commune and provincial staff, and the families of Dong Mai village.

* Taken from Methods section