We are thrilled to announce that Magellan Diagnostics – the makers of the portable point-of-care blood lead testing device, the LeadCare II – has come on board as the very first sponsor of our Lead Lines weekly newsletter.
This sponsorship will make it possible for us to continue to send out our newsletter each week, using the MailChimp platform, which allows us to send to nearly 50,000 recipients weekly.
Magellan has been a great partner – including collaborating on our documentary film, donating resources including staff time and testing equipment to help us shoot scenes where we did blood testing at public events and “door-to-door” in the New Orleans’ 9th ward.
While we try to stay clear of endorsing products in our work, Magellan’s technology is unique/exceptional, as it is the only blood lead testing system that delivers “instant” results (in 3 minutes) from a blood lead “finger stick” test. The opportunity to bring testing to – for instance – a community event, and give parents an immediate answer that they can follow up with and use as a start to the inquiry into protecting their children from lead in their homes – is invaluable.
As lead pollution is a global environmental issue (not just a human issue) we also think it’s wonderful that their portable LeadCare II device can be used for animal & wildlife blood lead testing —we’ve heard stories from veterinary doctors about a pet dog falling ill and being tested, which led to the testing of children who were found to be exposed to lead in their homes as well. The work protecting and restoring the populations of the California Condor (driven to near extinction by lead poisoning, as chronicled in the documentary film Scavenger Hunt) is also another important example of the possibilities embodied in this kind of portable, in-the-field, real-time-results blood lead-testing that Magellan’s technology provides!