Children Playing With Poison: Arsenic Exposure From CCA-treated Wood

Deborah L. Baptist,RN, BSN; Nan S Leslie, PhD,RN,WHNP


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2008;4(1):48-53. 

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Evaluation of Education Initiatives

It must be assumed that parents want to do what is necessary to protect their children from life's hazards, and that this desire will underlie the success of the interventions that have been discussed. Quantification of such success could be captured through documentation of educational initiatives and subsequent outcomes. For example, when evaluating educational outcomes, follow-up health care visits should include asking both parents and children if they remember to wash their hands after contact with wooden structures. Age-specific assessment of the outcome could include having young children use puppets to demonstrate actions they take after playing outdoors. Parents might also be asked it they had the opportunity to implement any of the other recommendations for CCA elimination such as the use of sealants on wooden decks.

Other methods of health education evaluation could include questionnaires before and after arsenic education administered both in health care settings and in the community. Community evaluation methods could include noting the development of a task force to address the issue of removing CCA-treated play structures and actual removal or sealant treatment of these structures within a specified timeframe.


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