Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What does EEv stand for in the EEvCarrier™? A:

A: EEv is an acronym for Extra Evaluation Card. We named our proprietary card EEv because it provides something “extra” that no other evaluation device can – accurate, easy detection of lead and other dangerous metals in the blood of newborn babies and infants.

Q: Is the EEvCarrier™ patented?

A:  Our decontamination protocol is patented, and the EEvCarrier is trademarked and there are patents pending for it – No. 61/803674 and No. 62/340261, filed by Dr. Funk, Dr. McDade, and Dr. Unger under the patronage of Northwestern University. They describe our proprietary heavy-metals-free EEvCarrier, as well as our patented decontamination protocol.

Q: Is there peer-reviewed scientific content that demonstrates the applicability of the EEvCarrier™ for lead screening?

A: Of course! Please click here to view a sample of peer-reviewed scientific content regarding the EEvCarrier.

Q: Who will contact me regarding my child’s heavy-metal testing results?

A: The lab will return screening results to your pediatrician, and their office will contact you.

Q: What are the risks and benefits of this testing for my baby?

A:  This blood screening holds no real risks for newborns; it’s simply one additional drop of blood from a heel-stick the baby is already receiving. But the testing benefits may be profound, as the EEvCarrier offers the earliest possible detection of any blood lead level and, therefore, the fastest possible health intervention, as well as the opportunity to prevent devastating abnormalities and limit developmental damage to your child’s brain and nervous system.

Q: Is the EEvCarrier™ only for infants?

A: No. The EEvCarrier™ was designed to coordinate with newborn heel-stick screenings, but its ability to detect heavy metals is ageless. Young children, adults, and – importantly – pregnant women can all benefit from the easy, early lead detection the EEvCarrier™ provides.

Q: If my baby’s blood show high lead levels, then how do we fix it?

A: The Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention provides specific recommendations regarding follow-up and treatment of newborns and infants exposed to lead. Follow-up treatment will differ depending upon the child’s blood lead level, but might include health education, environmental investigation of the child’s home or other locations the child frequents, or chelation therapy, which removes lead from the blood.

Q: Will my child’s blood be used for further research?

A: No. If our screening suggests widespread toxic exposure, then further research will need to be done, but will affect only future newborns whose parents grant consent.

Q: How long does it typically take to receive heavy-metal testing results?

A: Our current turnaround time for screening results is about a week.

Q: Whom should I contact with further questions or concerns?

A: Feel free to call EnMed MicroAnalytics’ lab services at 888.428.6644, extension 1; if we can’t answer your question or address your concern immediately, then we’ll get back to you by the end of the next business day.