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Childhood Diet and Arsenic Exposure: Interesting Clinical Cases

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This webinar was originally presented on December 16, 2015. The speaker will begin by presenting clinical cases/case presentations. The cases to be presented will be provided in final proposal. This will be followed by a discussion of the outcome of the case with consideration and implications for current and future clinical and public health practice. The presenter will conclude by discussing preventive steps that can be taken to decrease exposure to environmental hazards and improve patient care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Order and interpret the most appropriate laboratory tests to workup arsenic exposure.
  • Describe the differences in health risks between inorganic and organic arsenic.
  • List common dietary sources of both inorganic and organic arsenic.
  • Identify at least two national or local-level resources to help guide safe seafood consumption.

Presented By:

Ada Otter, DNP, ARNP
Nurse Practitioner
University of Washington
Region 10 PEHSU
Seattle, WA

Ada Otter is a doctorally prepared Family Nurse Practitioner with a specialty focus on environmental health and women’s/reproductive health. She completed Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Nursing (MN) degrees at the University of Washington (UW), and holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing and environmental studies. As part of the Region 10 PEHSU, Dr. Otter responds to pediatric environmental health inquiries from health care providers and families, with an emphasis on arsenic, lead and healthy homes cases. In addition to PEHSU community outreach such as developing factsheets and providing trainings, she also maintains a clinical practice at UW.

Approximate Completion Time

60 minutes


This material was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.


Training Material

  • Presentation PDF
  • Presentation
  • Post-Test