A Pesticide Screening Method
America relies heavily on the agricultural community but little is done in the clinical setting to screen for and bring awareness to the determinantal impacts exposure to pesticides can have. Exposure has been reported to cause Parkinson’s, Leukemia, low birth weights, birth defects, fetal death, and neurological deficits and cancers in children.
Anto is a tool that creates a risk profile for patients when they come into the emergency department or for clinical visits. Based on factors such as demographics, the program will flag the patient accordingly for the physician to see.
With Anto, families that do not speak English or understand pesticides and their harm to their health will not be at a disadvantage because Anto will screen them and run the program based on factors that do not require an understanding of pesticides so all patients may get the same care and awareness for this problem.
More about pesticides
Pesticide Exposure Linked to Brain Activity Differences in Adolescents
August 27, 2019
ERIN DIGITALE writes about the collaboration between scientists at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley regarding pesticides.
Pesticide Drift & Acute Pesticide Illness
Aug 1, 2011
Pesticide drift exposes workers and the public to harmful chemicals and can lead to acute pesticide poisoning.
The PPDC meeting document in October 2021 recommended targeting clinicians to partner with. Also stating that outreaching into the clinical field will bring better care for those impacted and promote awareness of the dangers of pesticide exposures.
This phase of Anto focuses on California pesticides and utilizes the following datasets to create the pilot demo program.
Government Program: Pesticide Use Reporting (California)
Published Pesticide Reports: Index
Provided support Anto could stitch in the following data sources for a deeper screening abilities and risk profile.
Drinking water contaminants: Occurrence Data
Data Sheets on: Birth Defect Monitoring and Prenatal Screening
The methods Anto has developed for California can be applied to other states and global regions with sources on pesticide usage. Additionally, it can provide the justification for pesticide usage reporting’s in areas of the world where it is undocumented.