Nurses and other healthcare providers are likely familiar with hearing the term “PFAS” or “forever chemicals” and that these chemicals can impact human health. There are thousands of PFAS (short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals which can be found in a variety of products most people use on a daily basis. However, most healthcare providers do not know where to find information critical to providing evidence-based care when a patient comes in with questions nor how to manage care if an exposure is identified.
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide useful information to guide clinical practice and decision making. Patients, community members or colleagues may present with questions around PFAS exposures, PFAS testing and/or results, health implications, and what actions they can take to reduce exposures. We hope this toolkit will be a valuable resource for providing guidance around these questions.