Ethanol, Blood

Sunquest Code:ETOH  
Epic Code:LAB46Epic Name:Alcohol Ethyl
Synonyms:Alcohol Level, Blood; Ethyl Alcohol
Methodology:Bichromatic rate
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Ethyl alcohol for medical purpose only. Not for legal use.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Green (lithium heparin, gel) (Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Green (lithium heparin) on ICE, Green (sodium heparin, no gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel) on ICE, Gray (sodium fluoride + potassium oxalate), Purple (EDTA), Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Collection Instructions:Use a non-alcohol germicidal solution to cleanse the skin. The collection tube should be completely filled and kept tightly stoppered at all times.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not remove stopper. Centrifuge and store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:If ETOH is ordered on same collection tube with VSCN, remove stopper, aliquot quickly, and stopper tube tightly. Comment that tube has been opened on the request form. Stability: Refrigerated - 3 days; frozen - indefinitely.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Northland - FNMC, Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Critical Range:Greater than 0.3 g/dL
Therapeutic Range:0.0 g/dL
Use:Suspected ethanol abuse.

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